Rams Freshman E.C. Mathews Named A-10 Rookie of the Week Again
URI Rams news release…
KINGSTON, R.I. — For the seventh time this season, E.C. Matthews was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week. He joins an exclusive list as one of just six players in the history of the A-10 to earn at least seven weekly conference rookie honors.
Rhody's Lamar Odom won top weekly rookie honors 10 times during the 1998-99 season, en route to being named A-10 Rookie of the Year. Yinka Dare of George Washington (9 – 1992-93), Mark Macon from Temple (9 – 1987-88), Rashaun Freeman from UMass (7 – 2003-04), and Semaj Christon of Xavier (7 – 2012-13) were the only other players with seven or more A-10 ROTW selections. Each of the aforementioned players were named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in their respective seasons.
Matthews previously won A-10 Rookie of the Week on Nov. 26, Jan. 6, and throughout the four weeks of February – 3, 10, 17, and 24. It marks the sixth straight week that a Rhody freshman earned weekly honors from the A-10. Last week (March 3), Hassan Martin earned his first A-10 ROTW award while Ifeanyi Onyekaba earned the first award of the season on Nov. 11. Overall, a URI player has won nine of the 18 possible awards.
In Rhody's lone contest this past week – a 77-65 victory over Fordham on March 5, – Matthews scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out four assists, and tallied a blocked shot and a steal in 39 minutes. Matthews scored 15 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, spurring the Rams to their best shooting performance in a half this season (65.0% FG).
The freshman from Detroit logged his ninth 20+ point game since January – the most by any freshman nationally since the start of the new year. Additionally, it was Matthews seventh 20-point performance in A-10 play – tying him for third-most by any player in the league (Frazier 10, Anthony – 9; Matthew Wright – 7)
Nationwide, Matthews is one of just six freshmen to average 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. In conference-only play, his 16.6 points per game average ranks him 10th among all freshmen, just behind Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke, who check in at 17.6 ppg.
Matthews finishes with the second-most A-10 ROTW awards in Rhode Island history. Lamar Odom earned A-10 Rookie of the Week on 10 occasions in 1998-99, en route to winning league Rookie of the Year honors. Carlton “Silk” Owens earned six awards during the 1984-85 season.