The Florida State College-Jacksonville Blue Wave have had the Santa Fe Saints number this year, defeating them three times, including 70-54 on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville. Two of the three wins came on SF’s home court.
The Saints (9-15, 4-5 MFC) controlled the first half and led 34-27 at the break. The Blue Wave came out of the locker room on a mission and led from the outset, scoring the first 12 points of the half to grab a 39-34 lead, one they would not relinquish.
Desa’Rai Shaw stopped the FSC-J rally with a layup at the 14:27 for the Saints first second half basket, but it didn’t slow down the Blue Wave. Florida State College used their full court press and up-tempo style to slow the Saints down, holding them to just six made baskets in the second half.
FSC-J outscored the Saints 43-20 over the final 20 minutes to pull away for the 16 point win.
Santa Fe turned the ball over 28 times and made just 34.5% of their shots and just 16.7% of their three point attempts.
Jocelyn Mousty led Santa Fe with 21 points, and Jaquasha Sesler added eight points and seven rebounds
The Saints will have a chance to bounce back on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Ocala against the College of Central Florida. The two teams tip off their third meeting of the season at 6 p.m.