Finlandia men lose to Northland

ASHLAND, Wis. — The Finlandia University men’s basketball team (0-3) couldn’t overcome a slow start in a 75-63 loss to Northland College (2-3), Wednesday night at the Kendrigan Center.

For the first eight minutes, the game was a tight affair. Junior Austin Carlson hit a pair of free throws to pull Finlandia within three, 9-6 at the 12:25 mark.

Northland College went on an 18-4 run over the next six minutes to lead 27-10. The Lumberjacks led by 15 at the break as they shot 51.9 percent from the floor. The Lions were held to 19 percent shooting.

In the second half, FinnU came on like gangbusters. Finlandia outscored NC, 23-13 in the first eight minutes of the period.

Junior Brandon Robinette hit a driving layup to make it 49-44 with 12 minutes to go. Northland College came back with a 17-5 run over the next seven minutes to seal the game. For the second half, the Lions shot 56 percent from the floor and 70 percent from behind the arc.

For Finlandia, freshman Tristan Johnston had 16 points and shot 5 of 7 on 3s while Robinette had 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals.

For Northland College, Nathan Nicholls had 21 points and Harrison Lucas scored 15 points.

Finlandia returns home, Saturday, taking on Marian (Wis.). The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.