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.