No. 16 Rhode Island guard Matthews to play against Bonnies

Rhode Island's E.C. Matthews (0) lies on the court after injuring his knee during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Richmond Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Kingston, R.I. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) Rhode Island guard E.C. Matthews has been given the go-ahead to play against St. Bonaventure on Friday night, three days after the 16th-ranked Rams’ second-leading scorer hurt his left knee.

Team spokesman Shane Donaldson provided the update a little over an hour before tip-off between the Atlantic 10 Conference schools. Matthews is averaging 12.9 points per game, and the Rams have won 16 straight since the senior returned after missing six games with a broken left wrist.

Matthews was hurt late in the first half of an 85-67 win over Richmond on Tuesday.

The Rams (21-3, 13-0 A-10) can clinch a share of the conference’s regular-season title with a win against the Bonnies (19-6, 9-4), who have won seven straight.

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