Lions Men's Basketball Has Shootout With Spartans

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KENOSHA, Wis. (WLUC) – Junior Jacob Oom recorded a double-double as the Finlandia University men’s basketball team (0-7) lost 110-98 in overtime to Aurora (1-2), Saturday afternoon at Tarble Arena. It was day two of the Honda of Kenosha Classic.

“An outstanding response from a young and hungry team,” said head coach Sam Casey. “We fought hard and represented Finlandia well. River (Shumate) made a clutch play to put us in overtime. We fell short on the scoreboard but scored high in the categories that count: heart, effort and intensity. We, as a team, took a significant step forward and I’m proud of the way we played.”

Aurora came out running from the start. The Spartans led 25-10 at the 11:22 mark before Finlandia took a deep breath and set itself.

Freshman Riley Hendrickson used his long distance calling card to end a 13-3 burst. That made it 28-23 with 8:21 to go in the first half. Aurora went back up 10 at the 6:23 mark.

The Lions began to chip away. Sophomore River Shumate dropped in a triple to make it 41-39 at the 4:12 mark. The Spartans closed the half on a 15-6 run to lead by 11 at the break.

In the second half, Aurora maintained a lead of eight to 13 points for the first nine minutes. FinnU refused to quit and slowly whittled the lead away.

With 36 seconds left, Hendrickson was fouled and hit both charity tosses to tie the game at 94. The Spartans came back with two free throws of their own with seven seconds left.

Shumate drove the length of the court and hit a layup just in front of the buzzer to force overtime. Aurora scored 11 straight points in the extra stanza to seal the game.

For Finlandia, Oom had 17 points, 12 rebounds and two steals and hit three 3-pointers. He was named to the all-tournament team.

“Jacob is the definition of a work horse for us on the court. He brings the energy and intensity without exception. Jacob earned the right to be placed on the all-tournament team,” said Coach Casey.

Junior Dylan Underwood had 16 points, Hendrickson scored 15 points with four steals and sophomore Joe Heinonen scored 13 points. Shumate came off the bench for 22 points and five assists and hit 5-of-6 from trifecta range.

For Aurora, Will Hrubes scored 23 points and Garrett Hoffman had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Finlandia returns home, Sunday, Nov. 23, hosting UW-Stout. The game is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m.

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