Hamline News

Strong second half carries Pipers over Beavers

Carl Hipp (Sr., Little Canada, Minn.) scored the first two of his 14 points in the opening minute to begin the game's scoring. After a 2-2 tie, the Pipers held a lead until 14:20 when Buena Vista took a one-point lead at 10-9.

The Beavers would hold a two-point lead, 13-11, just after the 14-minute mark following a shot from outside the arc. However the Pipers reeled off 13 straight points for an 11-point advantage, 24-13, at 11:24.

Noah Aguirre (So., Fillmore, Calif.) had a hat trick of basket types - a jumper, a three-pointer, and a pair of free throws - for seven points in that stretch.

Buena Vista answered just as quickly, immediately converting a 14-2 run into a one-point lead, 27-26, at 7:40. Hipp ended the run with a dunk just 14 seconds later, followed by a three-pointer from Christian Taber (So., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) by the seven-minute mark. Hamline then led by four, 31-27.

There would be one more tie on the scoreboard before Hamline would carry a one-point lead, 39-38, into the locker room at halftime.

The Beavers opened the second half with a shot from outside the arc that gave them a two-point lead, 41-39. That, and a one-point lead, 43-42, at 18:18 would mark the last times that the Beavers would be in control of the scoreboard, as the Pipers took over until the final buzzer.

Mike Campbell's 24 points were complimented by 15 from Aguirre, 14 from Hipp, and 12 from Tyler Pannell (Fy., Portland, Ore.).

Hipp added a team-high eight rebounds (three offensive, five defensive) and two blocks. Levi Wenrich (Jr., Newhall, Calif.) had four assists and six points to round out the production from the starting five.

Hamline is now 2-1 overall with the non-conference win. Buena Vista falls to 1-4. The Pipers will open MIAC play on the road, taking on Carleton at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, in Northfield.