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.