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
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
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.