Negaunee graduate Dre Tuominen nets 14 points in Bay College men’s basketball win

ESCANABA — The Bay College men continued their winning ways Monday night, rolling to a 91-60 basketball triumph over the Lake Superior State JVs.

It marked the fourth straight victory for the 4-3 Norse.

“Anytime you get a 31-point win it’s a good thing, although there’s plenty for us to improve upon, that’s for sure,” Bay College coach Matt Johnson said. “We turned the ball over a lot late when there was no reason for us to be pressing. Plus, we didn’t shoot well from the (free throw) line at all.”

Leading by 16 points at halftime, freshman forward Kobi Lumsden-Barnes hit the first seven points of the second half to put the Norse up 51-28.

“Our big guys have been playing real well, which opens things up for our perimeter kids,” Johnson said. “You look at what Kobi, Tyler (Willette) and Dontae (Ellis) did and you realize they contributed in a big way.”

Willette finished with 22 points and guard Dre Tuominen, a Negaunee High School graduate, added 14. Republic-Michigamme grad Hunter Schultz and Marquette product Garrett Finkbeiner each scored two points for Bay.

Bay got its biggest lead with 12:05 left when freshman guard-forward Jace Briggs drained a pair of free throws on a technical foul for a 69-35 advantage.

The Norse made 24 of 39 free throws while committing 14 turnovers, including nine in the second half.

Bay travels to Ironwood to play in the Lindquist Classic at Gogebic Community College this weekend, facing Hibbing (Minn.) Community College at 4 p.m. EST Saturday and Wisconsin-Sheboygan at 1 p.m. Sunday.