Finlandia basketball teams win finales

HANCOCK – Both Finlandia basketball teams wrapped up the regular season with wins Saturday over Northland International.

In the men’s game, Finlandia upped its shooting percentage to 55.8 in the second half to pull away from the Pioneers for a 93-72 win.

Though they led nearly wire-to-wire, the Lions used a 12-0 run in the middle of the half to gain separation.

Five players scored in double figures, led by 24 points and six threes from Matt Strong. Jonah Benoit added 20 points, while Dominic Morrow had 18 points and 19 rebounds. Strong and Morrow are two of the team’s four seniors.

Finlandia finishes the season 5-18.

The Finlandia women ensured they’ll finish the season with a winning record after cruising past NIU 91-52.

The Lions, winners of eight in a row, were up 23 at halftime.

Marissa Burke racked up 42 points and 11 rebounds, while Brierra Ruska added 19 points.

Finlandia (12-10) will participate in the Great South Athletic Conference tournament in Washington beginning Feb. 28.

In Appleton, Wis., a pair of third-period goals put Finlandia’s men’s hockey team close to overturning an early deficit at Lawrence, but the hosts scored less than two minutes later to reestablish a 4-2 lead they’d hold to the finish of the Lions’ season finale.

Travis Armstrong and Ryan Daavettila had the tallies for Finlandia, which fell behind 3-0 early in the third period before mounting the comeback.

Andrew Brownlee made 21 of 24 saves before getting pulled down 3-0 in favor of Troy Chandler, who had six saves on seven shots.

Finlandia finishes the 2013-14 campaign 3-20-1, 2-16 in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play.

At Duluth, Minn., the Finlandia women’s hockey team fell 4-0 at St. Scholastica. Taylor Gustafson made 41 saves.