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Munford, Matthews Sweep Atlantic 10 Weekly Awards

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- Rhode Island swept the Atlantic 10 weekly honors, with Xavier Munford named Player of the Week and E.C. Matthews earning Rookie of the Week honors.  Both guards were key components in the Rams' 2-0 week, winning at Brown on Jan. 2 and at LSU just two days later on Jan. 4.

It marks the first time since the 1991-92 that two Rhode Island players swept the A-10 weekly awards.  On Feb. 29, 1992, Jeff Kent was named A-10 Player of the Week and Jason Alexander was Rookie of the Week.

Munford averaged 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks last week, connecting on 10-of-12 from the charity stripe over the two games - good for 83.3%.  At Brown, the senior tri-captain lifted the Rams to their first true road victory of the season, pouring in a game-high 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor.  He also added five rebounds, two assists, a block, and a steal in 38 minutes.  

Last time out at LSU, Munford added 17 points - 13 coming in the second half, as the Rams held off a late charge by the Tigers.  Munford also had a solid defensive effort at LSU, tallying two blocks and two steals in 38 minutes of play.

Munford becomes the first Rhode Island player since Orion Outerbridge on Jan. 17, 2011 to earn Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors.  

Matthews earned his second A-10 weekly rookie award after averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks while shooting 54.2% from the floor (13-24), 71.4% from beyond the arc (5-7), and 78.6% from the foul line (11-14).  The Romulus, Mich. native had a career-high 21 points at Brown on Jan. 2, connecting on 7-of-12 shots - including 3-of-4 from the perimeter.  He grabbed five rebounds, while recording two assists, two blocked shots, and three steals in 38 minutes of play.  

At LSU, he matched his career-high in scoring again, with 21 points against the Tigers.  Matthews was 6-12 from the floor, 2-3 from 3-point land, and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.  He pulled down a career-best nine rebounds and dished out four assists in 36 minutes of action.

Matthews was also named the A-10 Rookie of the Week on Nov. 25.

Rhode Island returns to action tomorrow night - Jan. 7 - when it opens A-10 play on national television versus Saint Louis.  Tip time at the Alex and Ani Court at the Thomas M. Ryan Center is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on the CBS Sports Network.

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