December 08, 2010

Pipers outlast Auggies in OT

Noah Aguirre (So., Fillmore, Calif.) and Tyler Pannell (Fy., Portland, Ore.) drained a pair of three-pointers to help the hosts to a 10-2 lead over the opening four minutes of play.

Christian Taber (So., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) then came off the bench and drained a shot from outside the arc at 14:28 to put the Pipers up by 11, 15-4.

Augsburg’s Tyler Schmidt (So., LeSueur, Minn.) cut the Piper lead to five, 36-31, at 3:39, but Taber responded with a layup on the other end of the court to put Hamline back up by seven, 39-31.

Brett Sorenson (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) knocked down a three with 1:15 left to play in the half, getting the Auggies to within three at 40-37.

Hamline responded with six points in the final minute to lead by nine at the break, including a rainbow three from Brandon Rieg (Jr., Riverside, Calif.) at the buzzer.

At the half, Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) led the Pipers with 10 points while Cory Polta (Jr., Spring Lake Park, Minn.) had 10 for the Auggies.

In the second half, the Auggies opened strong and tied the game at 51-51 just under five minutes into the half, then took the lead at 14:40. Down by two, Polta hit a jumper, was fouled, and made the ensuing free throw to put the Auggies up by one, 54-53.

The score stayed tight when with 11.6 seconds to play and the shot clock expiring, Jordan Schmidt (So., Northbrook, Ill.) took a shot and was fouled. Hamline took a two-point lead, 92-90, as Schmidt made the first free throw. He missed the second and Sorenson rebounded the ball for the Auggies.

At the other end of the floor, Augsburg threw up a wild three-pointer with nine seconds to play, and Aguirre rebounded it.

However, Parker Hines (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) quickly recorded his third steal of the game and made a short jumper with four seconds to play to tie the game, 92-92, and force overtime.

In overtime, the opening 77 seconds were scoreless until Campbell pulled down a defensive rebound and headed back down the court. He was fouled at the midcourt line as Andy Grzesiak-Grimm picked up his fifth foul of the game trying for the steal. Campbell drained both shots from the free throw line for the 94-92 lead with 3:43 to play in overtime.

Andy Voigt (So., Cottage Grove, Minn.) rolled in a layup with 2:43 to play for a 96-92 lead, and the Pipers relied on free throws from Rieg and Taber from there on out to take the 102-98 victory.

In addition to his 22 points, Campbell led the Pipers with nine rebounds and five assists. Taber had 14 points and seven boards while Carl Hipp (Sr., Little Canada, Minn.) had 13 points while being limited to 15 minutes due to foul trouble.

Rieg and Aguirre tallied 11 apiece and Voigt added 10 to finish off the set of six Pipers in double-digits for points.

Augsburg was led by 19 from Polta, 18 from Quammen, and 16 from Andy Seidlitz (Fy., New Hope, Minn.).

The Pipers are now 3-3, 1-2 MIAC with the Auggies are 5-3, 1-3 MIAC. Hamline will host their final game of the 2010 calendar when St. Thomas comes to Hutton Arena on Saturday, December 11.

The Pipers will start the day by hosting their first "Row of Honor" ceremony at 1:00 p.m., inducting eight for players and two coaches - including an NBA hall of famer and an ESPY award-winning coach. For full details on the ceremony and inductees, click here.

The game vs. the Tommies will begin at 3:00 p.m. on the 11th.