URI’s E.C. Matthews out for the season

Rhode Island Rams junior E.C. Matthews suffered a knee injury in Friday’s win over American and will miss the rest of the season as a result. Raphielle Johnson of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk reported Matthews’ injury.

Matthews, a former four-star recruit out of Michigan’s Romulus High School, near Detroit, offered a statement on his injury.

“The injury I sustained on Friday night vs. American will unfortunately keep me from playing the rest of this season. While the news has been a lot to process in such a short period of time, I know that it is a temporary setback and I will be back stronger and hungrier than ever before.  Whether it is a rehab or physical therapy session, I will fight to get better everyday.  This is a new challenge and I am up for it.

“I plan on using this setback as an opportunity to continue to grow as a student, a leader, and a man.  I will be at every study hall, every practice, every film session, every game – no different than before.”

Matthews has averaged 15.6 points per game and shot 41.5 percent from the field in his collegiate career. In his absence, a trio of Jarvis Garrett, Jared Terrell and Four McGlynn should be expected to step up.

Campus Sports wishes Matthews a speedy recovery and will update his rehab as it progresses.

URI takes on the Horizon League’s Valparaiso Crusaders at home on Tuesday. Tip-off is slated for 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2.

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