A gifted athlete, Owens was one of the finest basketball players ever to play at Hampden-Sydney. Six-feet-six inches tall, he used his height to become one of the best rebounders in school history. He is second on H-SC's career list with 1,160 rebounds and holds the single-season record with 464 rebounds during the 1979-1980 campaign. Also a deadly shooter from close range, he owns the Virginia state record, all divisions, for the highest field goal percentage in a season. His .729 percent accuracy during the 1978-79 campaign was the highest field goal percentage in the country. Owens also holds the Division III state record for the highest career rebounding average (15.1 per game) and is fifth all-time in Division III for career rebounding average.
Hampden-Sydney compiled an impressive 65-38 record during Owens' years as a Tiger. He was the first Hampden-Sydney played to ever earn first-team All-ODAC honors three straight years (1978-80). He was also named the Tigers' most valuable player three seasons in-a-row and served as a tri-captain during his senior season.
A popular student from South Boston, Owens was instrumental in the establishment of Alpha Phi Alpha social fraternity. A charter member, he was its first president. He still lives in South Boston and is owner of the Edward Owens Insurance Agency.