Despite out-scoring the host Johnnies 43-to-40 in the second half, a
42-25 deficit after the opening 20 minutes of play cost the Pipers.
Saint John's immediately took a lead in the game, going ahead by
eight in the opening six minutes of play, 13-5. The Johnnies hit a
double-digit lead with five and a half minutes remaining in the half,
27-17, and led by 17 at the break.
The Johnnies continued to build up their lead at the beginning of the
second half, but down by 19, 58-39, at 11:57, Hamline started a scoring
The Pipers scored eight unanswered points, including a pair of threes, to get within 11, 58-47, at 7:26.
Hamline went on to cut the deficit to 10 just before the two-minute mark, but never got closer than that.
Six players scored in double-digits for Saint John's while Noah
Aguirre (So., Fillmore, Calif.) had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead
the Pipers. Carl Hipp (Sr., Little Canada, Minn.) added 12 and Tyler
Pannell (Fy., Portland, Ore.) had 10 points.
Hamline falls to 9-8, 7-5 MIAC while Saint John's is now 8-8, 4-7
MIAC. The Pipers have a bye this weekend and will return to action on
Monday, Januar 31, with a 7:30 p.m. game at Augsburg.