February 05, 2011

Pipers edge out Cardinals in Winona

The Cardinals got off to a quick start on their home court, jumping out to a 10-point advantage, 19-9, by the 10-minute mark.

Saint Mary's built their lead up to as many as 14 in the half. They kept a double-digit lead throughout most of the half, but a three-pointer from Brandon Rieg (Jr., Riverside, Calif.) in the final 10 seconds cut Hamline's deficit to seven, 35-28, at the break.

Hamline took advantage of several free throw opportunities and a pair of Carl Hipp (Sr., Little Canada, Minn.) to start off the second half. Those points combined to earn the Pipers their first tie of the game, 36-36, at 17:34.

Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) gave Hamline their first lead, 38-36, less than a minute later with a layup.

The teams battled back and forth with the fourth and final tie of the half coming with just under four minutes to play, 59-59. The Pipers held on to the lead to win by two, 68-66.

Hipp had 19 points and seven rebounds in the game. 11 of his points came at the charity stripe as he was 11-for-14 from the line. Campbell added 14 points.

The Pipers made 25-of-34 shots from the free throw line in the game. Saint Mary's shot nearly 43% from the field while Hamline shot 39%.

Hamline improves to 12-8, 10-5 MIAC and Saint Mary's falls to 9-12, 4-12 MIAC. The Pipers currently sit in third place in the conference standings, a half-game ahead of Gustavus and St. Olaf. Hamline next plays on Wednesday, February 9, at Bethel. Game time is 7:30 p.m.