Finlandia Men can't catch UW-Superior

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SUPERIOR, Wi. Four players scored in double figures as the Finlandia University men’s basketball team (0-1) lost 76-63 to UW-Superior (1-0), Friday night at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.

“We competed well tonight but just ran out of gas over the last eight minutes of the game,” said head coach Mike O’Donnell. “We played well in spurts but need to be better on a more consistent level on both ends of the floor, too many breakdowns. It’s part of the learning curve and we look forward to getting back out there tomorrow and competing.”

The first half saw neither team able to really take advantage. Twice UW-Superior went up six only to see Finlandia charge back.

At the 8:29 mark, sophomore Dylan Underwood hit a pair of charity tosses to give the Lions a 20-18 lead. The teams traded the lead back-and-forth with a jumper from freshman Joe Heinonen making it 32-31 with 1:07 left. The Yellowjackets scored six straight to lead by five at the break.

Superior went up seven in the second half before FinnU charged back. Sophomore Tyler Browner scored in traffic to end a 10-0 run. That gave Finlandia the lead at 42-39 with 17:49 to go.

For the next five minutes, the squads fought hard. UW-Superior looked to be on the verge of a win, up seven with 10:04 to go. Heinonen and freshman Jaden Janke hit buckets for the Lions.

The closed the gap to three, 55-52 with 7:47 to go. FinnU was down five, 61-56 at 5:45 mark; however that was as close as they could get.

For Finlandia, Browner and freshman Kevin Straih had 13 points each. Sophomore Jacob Oom and Underwood scored 10 each.

For UW-Superior, Montroy Scott had 26 points and 16 rebounds and Mac Reykdal scored 23 points.

Finlandia remains on the road, Saturday, Nov. 10 taking on UW-Stout. The game is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. CST