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Pipers drop heartbreaker at St. Thomas to end MIAC playoff run

The Tommies earned the early lead in the game, but Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) gave Hamline their first advantage at 14:56, 9-8, when he converted on an "and 1."

Tyler Nicolai answered with a St. Thomas trey, but Campbell put up another layup for the Piper lead at 12-11. 

Tyler Pannell (Fy., Portland, Ore.) followed that up with a shot from outside the arc, and the Pipers opened up a run that put them up by 19, 43-24, with 2:44 to play in the first half.

The Tommies closed the gap to 10 at the half, however, 45-35.

The hosts then pulled from that momentum to start the second half, and got to within one point, 49-48, within the opening six minutes. St. Thomas then hit a jumper at 13:25 for their first lead since the opening minutes, 50-49.

It remained a one or two-point game over the next several minutes until St. Thomas went up by five, 70-65, with 2:10 to play. After that, Hamline could only get within one possession, 73-70, with 27 seconds to play before having to send St. Thomas to the free throw line, where they collected five free throws for the 78-70 win.

In addition to Hipp's huge double-double, Campbell tallied 18 points. Hipp also had three blocks.

The Pipers are now 16-11 overall after posting a 13-7 MIAC record during the regular season. St. Thomas is 23-3 overall and had a record of 17-3 in the MIAC during the regular season.