Shumate, Heinonen lead Finlandia

ROCHESTER — Republic-Michigamme sophomore River Shumate and Superior Central sophomore Joe Heinonen each scored team highs of nine points as the Finlandia men’s basketball team lost 93-49 at Rochester College on Monday.

The Lions (1-22) also got nine points from Kaleb Kirksey.

Rochester scored the game’s first six points, but Shumate answered with a 3-pointer, Heinonen with a 2-point jumper and Kirksey with a free throw to tie the score 6-6 about 5 1/2 minutes into the game.

Rochester then needed less than three minutes to go on a 10-0 and take a 16-6 lead that became 43-21 by halftime.

Heinonen, who started, also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds while blocking two shots and making a steal, while Shumate had three rebounds, an assist and a steal.