ESCANABA, Mi. Five players scored in double-figures as the Finlandia University men’s basketball team (0-19) lost 96-78 to Bay College (15-7), Saturday afternoon at Bay College Gym.
“Bay was hot out of the gate shooting,” said head coach Sam Casey. “We did a better job in the second half defending them. Bay responded with a nice balance of scoring and solid play on both sides of the ball. Our immaturity showed a bit, but we matured fast in the second half on the defensive side of the ball. I’m looking forward to our matchup on Wednesday.
The first four minutes of the game, Finlandia and Bay College played on even terms. At the 17:52 mark, freshman Kaleb Kirksey knocked down the moon ball. That made it 8-5, Norse.
Bay College went up by nine before freshman Riley Hendrickson joined the trey club. The Lions were down 14-8 with 16:25 to go. Over the next three minutes, the Norse scored 16 straight to seal the game.
FinnU pulled down 28 defensive boards to 13 offensive for BC and held them to 20% on 3-pointers in the second half. The Lions also shot 38.1% on their 3-point attempts.
For Finlandia, sophomore Joe Heinonen had 18 points with four triples, Kirksey had 12 points and eight rebounds and junior Jacob Oom had 11 points and six assists. Off the bench, freshman Devin Moultrie had 11 points and sophomore River Shumate scored 10.
For Bay College, Matt Wagner had 31 points and Christian Alexander scored 19 points with 15 rebounds.
Finlandia is home, Wednesday, Jan. 25 taking on Bay College. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.