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College Basketball: Lions lose to Holy Family

Finlandia’s Dylan Underwood goes after a loose ball against Holy Family College on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Hancock, Mich. (Paul Peterson/For the Gazette)

HANCOCK — A tremendous second half effort by Finlandia University’s Dylan Underwood went for naught as the Lions dropped an 86-74 game to Holy Family College Sunday afternoon at Paavo Nurmi Gym.

Underwood, a junior guard from Michigan City, Ind., scored 28 of his game-high 34 points in the second half. He also had a seven rebounds and five assists.

“I thought both Dylan Underwood and Caleb Kirksey played really good ball games today,” FU coach Sam Casey. “They kept hustling all the way.”

Kirksey contributed 24 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds.

Holy Name (formerly Silver Lake College) placed six men in double figures.

Casey said the size and speed of the Lakers made the big difference.

“They were just more physical than we were, which is nothing new,” he noted. “We got in a hole in the first half and couldn’t dig out of it.”

Holy Name held a 45-31 lead at the intermission behind the outside gunning of Deloran Oliver and Patrick Walls.

After falling behind by as many as 20 points in the second half, the Lions stayed within striking distance on the outside firing of Underwood and Kirksey, who combined for ten triples in all.

Joe Heinonen also hit double figures with 10 points and six boards for Finlandia.

Oliver’s 19 points paced the Wisconsin squad, which is now 8-10 on the season.

Bryanth Farr collected 14 rebounds to lead in that deparment. Walls added 14 points.

Finlandia, 0-16, will host UW-Superior on Wednesday — a game Casey has hopes of winning.

HOLY FAMILY (86): Harper 5, Farr 12, Walls 14, Fish 10, Oliver 19, Williams 2, Norton 2, Silas 11. FG: 33-74; FT: 13-16; Rebounds: 53 (Farr 14); Fouls: 13; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Oliver 2, Silas 2, Fish 2, Harper 1.

FINLANDIA (74): Heinonen 10 Underwood 34, Kirksey 24, Moultree 2, Shumate 3, Hendrickson 1, FG: 27-75; FT: 7-10; Rebounds: 40 (Kirksey 10); Fouls: 12; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Underwood 6, Kirksey 4, Heinonen 2, Shumate 1.

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