Xavier Silas out at least two weeks with fractured shooting hand

Even though a shot at beating the Illini on Tues was bleak, this just puts it on the ice.

According to NIUHuskies.com, SG Silas' right hand injury will not require surgery and he will be re-evaluated December 1st.

The Daily Herald's Lindsay Willhite has more details about the incident:

What junior guard Xavier Silas thought was a soft-tissue injury turned out to be a fractured right hand. Silas suffered the injury with 18:18 left in NIU's game at Northwestern on Friday when Jeremy Nash went for the block and smacked him where the thumb and forefinger link, yet he played through it.

Silas led the Huskies against Northwestern with 18 pts on 5-15 shooting, including 1-7 from 3pt and 7-14 on FTs.  He also contributed with 7 rebounds.

Coach Patton after the game said that he re-aggravated an injury that he had a while ago.

Realistically, there wasn't much of a chance for us to beat Illinois tomorrow.  Or Northern Iowa, one of the top Missouri Valley teams that we play a week from Saturday on the 28th.

The big test will be this weekend, where we face both Tennessee State on Friday and SEMO on Sunday, both at home.  Those are must-win games with or without X in our lineup.

The best-case-scenario is that Silas will be back for the December 2 home game against the Bradley Braves, one of the most important games of the season.

UPDATE John Sahly rings in on the details and who will start in his place:

Updated 6:10 p.m: Silas said before practice today that he broke the second metacarpal bone on his right hand.

The guard said after Friday's game that he couldn't make a first with the hand, and that continued throughout the weekend.

"That's how I knew," Silas said. "When you saw it, it was all swollen. It never went down. I was icing it and it never really felt better. It didn't get numb."

Freshman guard Tony Nixon will start Tuesday at Illinois in Silas' place, NIU coach Ricardo Patton said.

Nixon made his collegiate debut against Northwestern and totaled four points on a three-pointer and a free throw, to go along with three rebounds in 26 minutes.

"I think it will be good for him to get some quality minutes early on," Patton said. "If he's going to become the player I think he can become, he's got to be thrown in the fire."

Nixon also threw up an air ball on one of his first shots.

"That looked like a freshman, a nervous freshman," Patton joked. "But I'm excited about him and I think he's just going to get better and better with the more minutes he plays."

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