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As a Junior (2003-04)
A starter in 10 of the 23 games in which he played ... missed five-straight contests with a knee injury ... returned to the floor D27 against Mount St. Mary's ... averaged 4.0 points and a team-high 2.8 assists per game ... dumped in 4.5 points and 2.4 assists in Patriot League play ... after just two games, surpassed his steal total from his sophomore campaign ... tallied a team-high 28 steals, 13 of those in league action ... averaged 4.6 assists over the last five games, including his eight against Lafayette (F26) ... behind a career-high tying six boards against Colgate (F20), he produced his 100th-career rebound ... topped the 100-point plateau behind a nine-point effort against James Madison (N30) ... produced then season highs in points, field goals made (3), three-point field goals made (3) and rebounds (4) ... his three triples wer a career high, as well ... tallied his 100th-career Patriot League point in behind a career-high 12-point effort at Lafayette (F28) ... posted career highs in points, free throws made (3) and assists (T8) against the Leopards ... recorded a career-high four steals in 14 minutes of action in the season opener at South Carolina ... dealt out a career-high eight assists in Navy's home opener vs. Belmont (N24) ... in his first game back from injury, dealt out a team-high five assists and grabbed a steal against Mount St. Mary's ... had a solid effort against Loyola (Md.) (J3), scoring five points and dishing out five assists ... came up with two steals, including a pick against Jamaal Dixon in the final seconds to seal the Mids' win ... limited to just two minutes at Holy Cross (J23) due to an ankle injury suffered on a made three-pointer ... returned after a day's rest to dish out a team-high six assists, grab three steals and score six points at Colgate (J25) ... scored a then career-high 11 points against Lafayette (F1), hitting five of his eight field goals and tacking on a free throw ... dealt out seven assists, while tallying a career-high tying six caroms against Colgate (F20) ... also tied his personal best with four steals ... knocked down a pair of triples en route to his seven points against Lehigh (M6) in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament ... led the Mids with four assists and three steals.

As a Sophomore (2002-03)
Averaged 2.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in the 21 games in which he played ... 41 of his 47 points were scored over the last-seven games ... 22 of his 35 rebounds were also recorded during that time ... coincidentally, he started six of the last seven contests ... provided help on the boards over the last-nine outings ... averaged 3.3 boards (30 reb.) during that span of time ... made at least one three-point basket in five of the last-six games (was 0-for-1 at Colgate) ... scored his first bucket of the year against Gettysburg (D14) ... played 25 minutes at American (J15), contributing a three-pointer, two assists, a steal and a rebound ... pulled down a career-high tying and season-high six rebounds at Lafayette (F2) ... made his first-collegiate start F12 against American ... scored a then season-high four points, while grabbing three rebounds, dishing out a pair of assists and tallying a steal ... followed up with his second-career start two days later at Bucknell ... produced a career-high 10 points, knocking down four of his seven shots, including a pair of three-pointers ... in his third-consecutive start (F21 at Colgate), he chipped in three ponts, two boards and a pair of assists ... had a solid all-around performance in the Mids' win over Lafayette (F27) ... scored eight points while adding five boards and a career-high four assists ... made a pair of free throws with eight seconds to go to seal the five-point victory ... scored six points on a pair of triples before fouling out against American in the Patriot League Quarterfinals (M8).

As a Freshman (2001-02)
Played in more contests than any other rookie, seeing action in 24 games ... averaged 1.8 points and one rebound per game ... proved himself right out of the gates, playing in both games of the season-opening trip to Texas ... scored three points in the opener at Rice (N16) and followed up with a five-point effort at SMU (N18) ... played the best game of his early career at The Citadel (N29) ... scored a career-high eight points, while collecting personal bests in rebounds (6), blocks (1) and steals (3) ... dealt out a season-high three assists at Brown (J5) ... followed up with a seven-point effort on a 3-for-7 shooting night against ACC power Wake Forest (J7).

High School/Personal
A 2001 graduate of Mercer Island High School ... three-year letterwinner in basketball ... guided Mercer Island to the 1999 and 2001 King Conference Championships ... the '99 team captured the Washington state title with a 27-3 record ... served as captain his junior season and co-captain as a senior ... earned Second-Team All-King Conference his senior campaign ... majoring in infotech systems management ... full name is Taj Imani Mathews ... son of Chris Mathews and LaVeeda Garlington-Mathews ... born Oct. 31, 1983.

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