CAPE GIRARDEAU - The season is over for Southeast Missouri State University senior guard Brett Hale.
Results of an MRI on Wednesday showed that Hale's injured right wrist is fractured, as had been feared by the Southeast coaching staff. The wrist will be placed in a cast.
Hale was injured during last Friday's practice in Cookeville, Tenn., as Southeast was preparing to play Tennessee Tech the following day. He tried to brace himself during a fall, and his shooting wrist took the brunt of the impact.
Hale is Southeast's third-leading scorer at 10.3 points per game, and he was leading the Ohio Valley Conference in 3-point shooting at 55 percent (22 of 40).
"I really feel bad for Brett because it's his senior year and he was really playing well," Southeast coach Gary Garner said. "It looked like he was going to have a great year."
A former all-stater at Dexter High School, Hale has been a key contributor at Southeast since his freshman season, and he needed only 50 more points to become the 19th player in Southeast history to score 1,000 career points. He finishes his career with 950 points.
Hale, who as a sophomore averaged a career-best 13.7 points per game and led the OVC in free-throw shooting at 91.4 percent, is a chemistry education major and a Southeast Scholar Athlete.
"Brett is such a great person, a true student-athlete, and to be that close to a tremendous career milestone like 1,000 points, you feel extra bad," Garner said.