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Tuesday, December 20, 2005
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State basketball program has received two of the three weekly honors presented by the Ohio Valley Conference, it was announced late Monday. Senior guard Wayne Arnold (Lilburn, Ga.) was named the OVC Player of the Week and junior forward Clarence Matthews (Beaumont, Texas) was tabbed as the OVC Newcomer of the Week. The awards come in recognitions of the players' performance in their lone game during the period, an 84-68 Ohio Valley Conference victory at Eastern Illinois on Dec. 12. Arnold missed just one 3-point attempt in eight tries on the way to scoring a career-high 25 points in the Tigers' victory. The 6-4, 190-pound athlete also had five assists without a turnover while contributing a steal and a blocked shot to the Tigers' effort. Arnold's 7-of-8 effort from beyond the arc was part of an overall 69.2 percent shooting effort from the field. Matthews, a junior college transfer, overcame first-half foul trouble to score 16 points and grab five rebounds in the EIU game. Matthews, 6-7, 250 connected on 5-of-7 field goals and 6-of-8 free throws in the contest, and also contributed an assist and a steal. The OVC announces its weekly awards during the course of the season, with the exception of Dec. 26.