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Tuesday, March 7, 2006
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State's Clarence Matthews and Kareem Grant have received awards from the Ohio Valley Conference for their performances during the recently completed basketball season. Matthews, a 6-7, 250-pound forward from Beaumont, Texas was named to the All-OVC Newcomer Team and second team All-OVC. Grant, a 6-6, 190-pound forward from Middletown, Conn., was named second team All-OVC. The players received their awards at the OVC Awards Reception held at the Opryland Hotel in conjunction with the OVC Tournament. Matthews led the OVC in overall field goal percentage (.545) and rebounding (.85), and converted .574 percent and averaged 9.1 rebounds a game within the conference. For the season, he averaged 13.8 points a game. Grant led the Tigers in scoring at 16.0 ppg overall and 18.2 in the 20 OVC games. He connected on 42 percent of his 3-point field goals in the OVC and .510 percent overall for the season. He scored 31 points in consecutive games.