January 03, 2011

Pipers pull out OT victory in St. Peter over Gusties

Hipp would also add three blocks for the Pipers in the game while Aguirre had five assists.

The Pipers took the early lead off the bus, staying ahead on the scoreboard through nearly all of the opening 14 minutes of play.

With five and a half minutes to play in the first half, the Gusties took a two-point lead, 30-28, on a three-pointer from Ben Biewen.

Hipp tied the game, 32-32, with a layup at the four-minute mark, and Hamline went ahead by three at 2:40 as Brandon Rieg (Jr., Riverside, Calif.) drained a shot from outside.

However, a layup and a jumper from Phil Wirtjes and Seth Anderson, respectively, put the Gusties up by three at the break, 40-37.

In the second half, the teams exchanged leads amongst ties until Gustavus took control by five, 51-46, at 14:43.

The Gustie lead grew to seven several times over the next four minutes, the last time at 10:37 when the hosts led 62-55.

Hamline then began to chip away at the lead, as Aguirre hit a layup and made the free throw as he was fouled on the shot. Rieg then hit a jumper and Hipp followed that up with a pair of free throws to tie the game, 62-62, with 8:34 left in the game.

The battle back and forth continued until the 11th tie of the game came with 1:46 to play as Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) hit a pair of free throws to knot it at 78-78.

That would be the remainder of the scoring in regulation as the teams headed to overtime.

In OT, Hipp hit a layup 12 seconds in and the Pipers never looked back. Campbell had eight points in overtime, including six points off of free throws, as Hamline went on to win by five.

In addition to the 29 points from Hipp and the 23 from Aguirre, Campbell had 13 points and Rieg added 12. Campbell also pulled down six rebounds.

Hipp's 15 rebounds consisted of 11 off of the defensive boards.

In the second half, the Pipers were a perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line, helping to force the overtime.

Gustavus had five players in double-digits, led by 15 from Reed Sallstrom.

Hamline is now 4-5, 2-2 MIAC while the Gusties suffered their first conference loss and are 6-4, 4-2 MIAC. The Pipers return home to host Bethel on Wednesday, January 5, at 7:30 p.m.