Hoops and Hardballs

William S. Paxton covers local college sports for Connecticut Post and the Hearst Media Group.

Stags lose Wade for season


The backcourt for the Fairfield men’s basketball team lost another option with junior Desmond Wade breaking his left hand in Wednesday night’s 67-61 victory over Robert Morris at the Alumni Hall.

Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson confirmed Wade’s injury on Thursday afternoon, leaving the Stags with just three healthy guards – junior Colin Nickerson, sophomore Jamel Fields and senior reserve Gary Martin for Saturday’s CollegeInsider.com Tournament semifinal game against Mercer. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Alumni Hall.

“Des has a cast on,” Johnson said in a text message. “Won’t play.”

The Stags have already lost junior Derek Needham (broken foot) and Sean Crawford (knee) for the season. In six postseason games, Wade had a team-high 30 assists and eight turnovers.

Without Needham, the Stags have relied on 6-foot-5 senior forward Rakim Sanders to bring the ball up along with Wade. Sanders has 20 assists and 16 turnovers in the postseason, including a seven-assist game against Manhattan in the second round.

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