Hancock, Mich. - The Alma College men's basketball team scored a come-from-behind 97-89 victory over Finlandia University on Saturday (Jan. 4) afternoon.
Alma (6-5) trailed for most of the game and was down by as many as seven points before staging a comeback in the final five minutes. The Scots outscored Finlandia 20-8 to end the game; 11 points came from the free-throw line, while the other nine came by way of the three-pointer – one from Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) and two from Kyle Woodruff (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Holly).
Woodruff finished with a game-high 20 points. Harvey had 16 points and nine rebounds. Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) was two rebounds away from a triple-double with 13 points, 13 assists and eight boards. In all, six Scots scored in double figures.
"This wasn't necessarily how we wanted to play in the new year but a win is a win," said Head Coach Ryan Clark. "We didn't shoot the ball very well in the first half and Finlandia came out confident and scrappy. They have some guys that can really shoot the ball and we were too lax on them to start the game and they got going. I'm proud of the way we battled back and finished a close game on the road, though. We got hot shooting the ball at the right time and got some key stops the last 5-6 minutes of the game to pull it out."
Alma trailed 44-41 at the half after shooting under 40 percent from the field and under 30 percent from three. The tide turned in the second half when Alma forced the Lions to shoot 28 percent from three
There were 10 ties and 18 lead changes in the game; Alma never trailed by more than seven.
The Scots' next game is Wednesday (Jan. 8) at 7:30 p.m. They will host Adrian College in the opening of MIAA play.