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Rhode Island forward Hassan Martin out indefinitely with quad injury

A crushing blow for a struggling URI team

NCAA Basketball: Rhode Island at Providence Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

A rough week for the Rhode Island Rams got worse on Tuesday when the school announced that forward Hassan Martin is out indefinitely with a quad injury.

Martin, a 6’7 senior, is the Rams’ leading scorer, averaging 16.1 points per game. He has scored in double figures in every contest this year, including last time out against Providence, when he scored 14 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in a loss.

For Rhode Island, the timing could not be worse. After winning their first four games, including one over ranked Cincinnati, the Rams have dropped three of four, and face a tough Old Dominion team Tuesday night.

The Rams’ skid has coincided with a slump from star guard E.C. Matthews. Matthews posted 19.5 points per game over Rhode Island’s first four games, but since then has averaged just 7.5 per game and is shooting 33 percent from the field and 8 percent from three. HIs struggles have made Martin a vital piece to a team that entered the season with Atlantic 10 championship aspirations.

Over his four-year career, Martin has steadily improved each season. This year, he was averaging career bests in points, rebounds (8.1), blocks (3.9), and steals (1.0).

Martin missed the final four games of last season as well with a knee injury.