January 17, 2011

Pipers rain threes to topple #4 Tommies

St. Thomas had won 13 straight to open the season and were stopped on the unlucky number by the Pipers in their first victory over the Tommies in over four years. Hamline last beat the Tommies in a 78-64 win at home on December 4, 2006.

Although they trailed by three at the half, 47-44, Hamline shot 7-for-13 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes. They went on to add five more treys in the final 20 minutes, part of shooting over 68% from the field in a second half surge to defeat St. Thomas.

Alex Healy (Sr., North Oaks, Minn.) hit the opening jumper of the second half, giving St. Thomas a five-point lead, 49-44.

Carl Hipp (Sr., Little Canada, Minn.) whittled the Piper deficit down to three with a pair of free throws at 18:54. Tyler Pannell (Fy., Portland, Ore.) then drained the three-pointer from near the Piper bench that started the momentum swing for Hamline, tying the game at 18:02.

Two more shots from the charity stripe from Hipp followed by another Healy jumper created the fifth, and final, tie of the game.

A different kind of three, this one from an "and one," put the Pipers back up by three, 54-51, as Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) converted on the layup and free throw at 15:52.

After that, the Pipers could do no wrong, finishing off the contest by shooting nearly 61% for the game.

Hamline's fast-paced offense allowed four players to tally four assists while another dished out three.

Hipp, named the MIAC men's basketball athlete of the week just hours earlier, led the Pipers with 20 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocked shots.

Pannell tallied 17 points, with all but two of those points coming from outside the arc (5-for-7).

Also in double-digits for the Pipers were Campbell with 16 points complimenting three steals, and Levi Wenrich (Jr., Newhall, Calif.) and Christian Taber (So., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) with 11 apiece. Taber was 3-for-3 from three-point land.

St. Thomas was led by 20 points from Tyler Nicolai (Sr., Minnetonka, Minn.) and 16 from Alex Healy (Sr., North Oaks, Minn.). Tommy Hannon (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) chipped in 10.

The Pipers are now 8-6, 6-3 MIAC while the Tommies are 13-1, 8-1 MIAC. Hamline remains at home in the friendly confines of Hutton Arena to take on Carleton on Wednesday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m.