It was the second time in four days that the two teams had faced off
in Hutton Arena. They concluded the regular season on Saturday against
The Pipers were hosting their first playoff game at Hutton Arena
since the 1984-85 season. Additionally, the win gave Hamline their 16th
win this year, the most since the Pipers went 16-9 during the 1990-91
Hamline will play at #2 seed St. Thomas on Friday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Tyler Pannell (Fy., Portland, Ore.) opened the game with a
three-pointer for Hamline, one of five from him during the game. After
that, with the exception of two ties late in the first (33-33 with 1:43
on the clock and 36-36 with 1:09 remaining), the Pipers led from tip-off
to the final buzzer.
Hamline jumped out to a 13-point lead, 20-7, at 12:42 as the Pipers drained five shots from beyond the arc to start the game.
The Cobbers slowly picked away at the lead to earn their first tie at
1:43, and then another at 1:09, but Hamline quickly responded each time
to get the lead back.
The Pipers led by five at the break, 41-36. They then quickly jumped
back out to a double-digit lead in the first two minutes of the second
half, 49-39. The Cobbers twice got within six by the 11-minute mark, but
could never get closer than that.
Pannell led the Pipers with 19 points while Carl Hipp (Sr., Little
Canada, Minn.) had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Noah
Aguirre (So., Fillmore, Calif.) had 14 points and Mike Campbell (Jr.,
Burnsville, Minn.) added 13 points.
Concordia was led by 21 points from Ebo Nana-Kweson (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) and 17 from Darrin Olmsheid (Sr., Buffalo, Minn.).
Hamline is now 16-10 overall and 13-7 in the MIAC. Concordia finishes
the season with an overall record of 14-12 after they posted a 10-10
mark in conference play.