January 31, 2011

Hipp surpasses Vern Mikkelsen's career point total as Pipers win at Augsburg

Hipp entered the game just 12 points shy of Mikkelsen's 1,415 career points, which was sixth all-time prior to tonight. Hipp totaled 18 points as part of a double-double (adding 11 rebounds). He now stands at 1,421 career points. 

The Pipers trailed through the first 10 minutes of play, taking their first lead, 18-17, at 9:41 on a jumper by Josh Pratt (Fy., Roseville, Minn.).  

The Auggies would tie the score up three times before the end of the half, but Hamline went into the locker room with a three-point lead, 36-33.

In the second half, Augsburg opened with a layup from Cory Polta and a jumper from Parker Hines that gave the hosts a one-point lead, 37-36.

The teams exchanged one- and two-point leads until five minutes remained in the game. At that point, Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) twice hit a pair of free throws, sandwiched one Auggie point from the charity stripe, that ignited a 10-1 run.

That stretch gave Hamline a nine-point lead, 70-61, with 90 seconds to play.

And that would be all the cushion that the Pipers would need, as they went on to win by eight, 74-66.

Campbell led the Pipers in scoring with 20 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double. Hipp had the 18 points and 11 rebounds while Pratt finished with 11 points.

Augsburg was led by a pair of double-doubles. Andy Grzesiak-Grimm had 13 points and 10 rebounds while Polta tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Hamline's record is now 10-8, 8-5 MIAC while Augsburg is 12-8, 7-7 MIAC. The Pipers return home to Hutton Arena to host Gustavus Adolphus on Wednesday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m.