- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Yale starting forward Matt Townsend has been awarded a Rhodes scholarship.

The 6-foot-7 senior carries a 4.0 grade point average in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. He was one of eight Yale students selected as finalists for the prestigious Oxford University scholarships.

Townsend missed two games during the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic while in New York interviewing for the scholarship. The Bulldogs (3-1) won both games.

He rejoined Yale for its 66-59 win over Kent State on Sunday, scoring 12 points to cap what he called a “once-in-a-lifetime weekend.”

Last season, Townsend averaged 7.7 points and 4 rebounds a game.

He is the fourth Yale men’s basketball player to be named a Rhodes scholar, joining Robert McCallum (1968), Mike Oristaglio (1974) and James McGuire (1976).

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