Lions Men's Basketball loses battle with Warriors

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MILWAUKEE, ,Wi. Four players scored in double figures as the Finlandia University men’s basketball team (0-5) lost 117-85 to Wisconsin Lutheran (2-1), Tuesday night at the Recreation Complex.

“Coach Aanonsen has an outstanding program,” said head coach Sam Casey. “WLC was not only an intense opponent but also a gracious host. I hope our supporters are as excited as I am about the growth we saw tonight. It’s gone from small spurts to sustained effort and everyone, united, took a tenacious step forward.”

The first ten minutes of the contest, Finlandia and Wisconsin Lutheran went back and forth. Sophomore Joe Heinonen dropped one in from the Quincy Mine. That made it 8-5 Lions at the 16:35 mark.

Following a Warrior bucket, junior Dylan Underwood hit a lay-up to make it 10-7 with 15:53 to go. WLC tied it 20 seconds later and the teams slugged it out.

With 10 minutes to go, Wisconsin Lutheran pushed the lead to eight. Freshman Riley Hendrickson scored to cut the gap to seven, 23-16 at the 9:51 mark. The Warriors scored six straight and didn’t look back.

For Finlandia, Underwood had a strong game with 25 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Heinonen scored 16 with four triples, freshman Kaleb Kirksey had 14 points and Hendrickson had 11 points and three steals.

For Wisconsin Lutheran, Andrew Bruggink had 22 points and five assists and Caleb Goldstein scored 14.

Finlandia stays on the road, Friday, Nov. 22 playing Carthage. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. CST