Matthews, a junior, was an Atlantic 10 player of the year candidate. He injured his right knee during the first half of Rhode Island’s season-opening 65–42 win over American on Friday. The nature of the injury was undisclosed.
“The injury I sustained on Friday night vs. American will unfortunately keep me from playing the rest of this season,” Matthews wrote in a statement. “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 every day. This is a new challenge and I am up for it.”
A 6'5" shooting guard, Matthews averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds as a sophomore and was expected to again lead the Rams, a team with NCAA tournament aspirations this season.
- Jeremy Woo