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Sunday November 28, 2021
Lake Superior State Dominates In Win Over FinnU

This story was written by LSSU Athletics

SAULT STE. MARIE---
The Lake Superior State men's basketball team earned a 118-58 win over the Finlandia University Lions in a Tuesday night game in the Bud Cooper Gymnasium in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. With the win, the Lakers improve to 3-0 to open the season. 


The Lakers got on the board first in the game as junior guard Xander Okerlund made a three-point shot at 19:34 of the half. After the first three minutes of play, the Lakers held a three point lead over the Lions (7-4). 


David Wren
's layup at 16:32 of the half began a seven point run by the Lakers, leading the team to a 10-point lead over Finlandia (14-4). Sophomore Andy Soma recorded his first three points of the game at 14:54 when he hit a shot from beyond the arc to make it a 17-6 game in favor of LSSU. Three consecutive layups for the Lakers by Caden Ebeling extended the team's advantage to 14 points (24-10) with just under 12 minutes left on the clock. 


Okerlund netted his second three-pointer of the game just before the halfway mark of the first half as the Lakers pulled ahead by 19 points (29-10). 


As the first half went on, the Lakers held onto the lead. With 5:16 left on the clock, freshman guard Tyson Edmondson made back-to-back three pointers for the Lakers to give his team a 25-point lead (47-22). 


Sophomore Blake Cassidy led the Lakers in the final minutes of the first half as he totaled nine points in the span, including a pair of threes. The first half ended with the Lakers holding a 61-27 lead over the Lions. 


The two teams traded points early in the second half but back-to-back threes for the Lakers by Malek Adams and Ebeling started a 14-point run for the Lakers. After the first five minutes of the half was played, the Lakers lead sat at 41 points (77-36). 


Finlandia responded by going on a run of eight straight points, led by freshman guard Rae'quan Funches who scored five points in the stretch (81-45). 


The Lakers finished the game strong to post an impressive 118-58 win over the Lions, improving to a 3-0 record to start the season. 
 

Cassidy led the team in points in the win as he posted a career-high 17 points in the game. The sophomore guard went 6-for-11 from the field and scored a team-high four three pointers in the game. Ebeling ranked second on the team in points with 15 as the senior was a perfect 5-for-5 in field goals and made all four free throw attempts in the game. Ebeling also recorded a team-best six rebounds against the Lions. 


Freshman Devin Womack was tied for the team lead in rebounds with six, while also scoring a career-best 12 points in the win. 
 

The win over the Lions was a full-team effort for the Lakers as 14 different players registered points in the game. 
 

The Lakers finished the game with a 55.8 shooting percentage, going 43-for-77 in the game. On the other end of the floor, the Lions went 23-for-60 in the game to total a 38.3 shooting percentage. Both teams recorded 36 rebounds in the contest. 


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