Starting Richmond guard Wayne Sparrow left the Robins Center after Saturday's 62-49 win over La Salle with his right foot in a protective gray boot. This would be a major concern for short-handed UR, if not for the fact that Sparrow has been wearing the boot off the court for weeks.

Sparrow, a 6-foot-3 junior from Baltimore, sprained a ligament in his right foot during late January. The boot keeps pressure off the sprained ligament. Also, he has been bothered by a stress fracture in his left foot since November.

“If I plant on my left foot, I can feel certain pains,” Sparrow said. “And if I come down on my right foot, or when I backpedal, or when I stop on my right foot, I can definitely feel discomfort.
“I just try to play through it.”

Sparrow’s mobility, driving and jumping clearly are compromised. He rarely practiced during the last two weeks because of the injuries. Sparrow played in every Richmond game.

“He has just put his head down and gritted his teeth and been tough,” said UR coach Chris Mooney.

The Spiders (18-9, 8-4 A-10), who have won four of their last five heading into Wednesday’s visit to George Mason (9-17, 2-10), need all available contributors because of the early-February losses of guard Cedrick Lindsay (knee injuries) and forward Derrick Williams (left the team for personal reasons). Neither senior, each a three-year starter, will return this season.

“I was supposed to take a week off, but due to the limited players, I told the doctor, ‘Take down my minutes, whatever you need to do, but I just can’t sit on the sideline while we have this few people on the team,’” said Sparrow.