MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph basketball team had four players score in double figures, but the Blue Jays dropped a 85-61 non-conference game Sunday at Wesleyan's Silloway Gymnasium.
Wesleyan improved to 3-1 on the season; USJ is looking for its first win after six games.
Wesleyan jumped out to a 26-10 lead after the first quarter and was on the verge of putting it away early in the second with a 31-12 advantage. But USJ made a stand and outscored the Cardinals 24-7 over a seven-minute span and pulled within 38-36 on a jumper from Mayo with 1:02 left in the half. Putnam and Guest each had eight points in the quarter for the Blue Jays.
Wesleyan recovered to lead 43-37 at the break and slowly pulled away in the second half, leading 65-49 after three and by as many as 27 in the fourth.
Putnam had a team-high nine rebounds for USJ, which was outrebounded, 56-35. Guest made five steals. Brenna Diggins (Norwell, Mass.) had a game-high 25 points for Wesleyan.
USJ next plays at Eastern. Conn., Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.