HANCOCK, Mi. Freshman Kaleb Kirksey and junior Dylan Underwood scored over 20 points each as the Finlandia University men’s basketball team (0-16) lost 86-74 to Holy Family, Sunday afternoon at the Paavo Nurmi Center.
“This game showed us the full capacity in which we can play,” said Kirksey. “The ability to come out after an un-normal shooting half and compete with a team is outstanding. We know what it takes to compete competitively with teams. As long as we play with the support of our staff and within the offensive platform that has been given to us, we are able to do incredible things. I fully expect us to continue to play hard and show everyone what Finlandia is all about.”
The first three minutes, the game was played on even terms. At the 18:46 mark, Underwood hit three charity tosses to make it 3-2, Finlandia. With 16:57 to go, Underwood scored in traffic to tie the game at 7-7.
Holy Family scored 13 straight to go up, 20-7 with 12:52 left. FinnU went on a 9-2 run. Kirksey brought in the rain to cut the margin to 22-16 at 11:46 mark.
The Lakers had a lead of eight to 13 points for the next nine minutes. Finlandia got triples from Kirksey to make it a seven point game with 2:17 left, 38-31. HF scored the last seven points to lead by 14 at half.
In the second half, Holy Family led by 21, 69-48 at the 10:18 mark. The Lions refused to quit and reeled off a 12-2 burst to close to 11, 71-60 with 5:43 to go. FinnU continued to fight but could get no closer.
The Lions shot 45.9% from the floor in the second half and for the game had 28 defensive rebounds to 14 offensive for the Lakers. FinnU turned the ball over just 11 times.
For Finlandia, Underwood had 34 points and six assists with six treys and Kirksey had 24 points, 10 rebounds, blocked three shots and hit four triples. Sophomore Joe Heinonen had 10 points and blocked three shots.
For Holy Family, DeLoran Oliver had 19 points and Bryanth Farr had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Finlandia remains home Wednesday, Jan. 15 taking on UW-Superior. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
Holy Family was previously known as Silver Lake College.