WHEELING – Quin Nottingham came off the bench and scored a team-high 20 points against the No. 18 Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals today in a Mountain East Conference contest, but it wasn't enough as the Bobcats dropped an 82-73 verdict.
Wesleyan dug themselves an early hole as they trailed by a 9-0 score.
A Nottingham jumper finally put Wesleyan on the board at the 16:08 mark, but Wheeling Jesuit put in two more baskets for a 13-2 advantage with five minutes gone in the opening half.
Wheeling Jesuit ended the half on a 20-9 run to take a 45-29 lead at the break
Wheeling Jesuit pushed their lead to 20, at 56-36, but Clay Todd unleashed a three-pointer, Berchie darted inside for a lay-up and Brondsted made an inside basket to trim the lead down to 13, at 56-43.
Still down by 16 at the six-minute mark, Todd sank a jumper and Nottingham hit a pair of jumpers in the paint to narrow the difference to 10, at 69-59, with 4:46 remaining.
The Bobcats were able to get it under 10 points when Berchie hit a couple of free throws to make it an 80-71 game with 40 seconds remaining. Wheeling Jesuit would hold on to that nine-point spread for the win.
Following Nottingham in the scoring column were Todd who poured in 18 points while Berchie had 14 and Brondsted 10.
Wesleyan shot the ball at 50.0 percent hitting on 29 of their 58 field goals.
Todd pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
The loss dropped Wesleyan to 5-8 overall and 2-5 in the MEC.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Bobcats as they will host. No. 7 West Liberty on Tuesday.
The MEC contest will start at 7:30 p.m. in Rockefeller gymnasium