Rothstein | Rhode Island’s EC Matthews to miss 4-6 weeks

Mar 17, 2017; Sacramento, CA, USA; Rhode Island Rams guard E.C. Matthews (0) prepares to shoot the ball as Creighton Bluejays guard Ronnie Harrell Jr. (4) defends in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Rhode Island Rams guard E.C. Matthews will be sidelined for at least the next four-to-six weeks due to a fractured left wrist, head coach Dan Hurley has informed FanRag Sports.

The 6-5 guard notched 10 points, three boards and one block as a result of the Rams’ season-opening win over UNC-Asheville. In the second game of the season, Matthews generated 18 points, three rebounds and one assist in a loss to Nevada. Last season, Matthews averaged 14.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest.

The guard had his junior season in 2015-16 derailed in the first game of the campaign, as he suffered an injury that sidelined him for the year. However, he was granted a medical redshirt. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference second team as a sophomore after he averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, shooting 41 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point territory.

As a freshman, he was selected as the conference’s Co-Rookie of the Year following a campaign in which he averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per outing. Back in March, he made the decision to return to the program in favor of testing the NBA waters.

After splitting the first two games of the season, Rhode Island is back in action on Sunday to face Holy Cross.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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