March 24, 2011

Pipers defeat Cobbers to move on to MIAC semifinals

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 each other.

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 season.

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.