February 12, 2011

Pipers play in front of Hamline legends, clinch playoff berth

Prior to the start of the game, the Pipers held a special ceremony to induct 10 members into the inaugural "Row of Honor" class. The team also recognized the accomplishments of the NAIB national championship teams of 1942, 1949, and 1951.

Eight former players and two storied coaches were introduced during the dedication of the “Row of Honor,” which spans the width of the north end of the arena. Seven of the players competed in the NBA while the eighth was drafted into the NBA and played in the National Professional Basketball League. The group consists of an NBA Hall of Fame member (Vern Mikkelsen ‘49), a player who competed in the NFL and NBA (Don Eliason ‘41), and another who competed in the NBA and MLB (Howie Schultz ‘43).

The complete list of players inducted into the “Row of Honor” includes: Don Eliason ‘41, Jim Fritsche ‘53, Hal Haskins ‘50, Joe Hutton, Jr. ‘50, Vern Mikkelsen ‘49, John Norlander ‘43, Howie Schultz ‘43, and Rollie Seltz ’46.

The two coaches inducted are Joe Hutton, Sr. and Don Meyer.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Pipers tipped off against the Scots and took control of their playoff destiny by the 10-minute mark.

With Hamline up by one, 17-16, at 12:53, Christian Taber (So, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) drained a pair of threes and a layup to help the Pipers lead by nine, 27-18, at 10:34.

After that, the Pipers cruised, leading by 18 at the half, 54-36.

Hamline hit the century mark with just over two minutes to play as Jordan Sayers (Fy., St. Anthony, Minn.) drained a three-pointer to make it 100-71.

Five players scored in double-digits for the Pipers while 15 different players recorded points.

Hamline made 20-of-35 (57%) from outside the arc in the game. They shot nearly 57% from the field.

Sam Gullickson's (Fy., Rosemount, Minn.) 15 points led Hamline. Taber added 13, Andy Voigt (So., Cottage Grove, Minn.) tallied 12, and Noah Aguirre (So., Fillmore, Calif.) added 11. Brandon Rieg (Jr., Riverside, Calif.) rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10 points.

Pierce Peters (So., Glenwood, Minn.) led the Scots with 18 points.

The win clinches an MIAC playoff berth for the Pipers. The tournament begins on Wednesday, February 23. Hamline's seed and opponent will be determined through the remainder of the regular season games.

Hamline is now 14-8, 12-5 MIAC while the Scots are 2-20, 2-15 MIAC. The Pipers will host St. Olaf on Monday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m.