December 01, 2010

Pipers lose MIAC opener at Carleton

Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) and Noah Aguirre (So., Fillmore, Calif.) opened the game by scoring the first four points for the Pipers.

Hamline would go on to lead the low-scoring first half until the final minute of the opening frame. A three-pointer by Carleton's Tom Sawatzke tied the game, 26-26, with 37 seconds on the clock. The score would remain knotted as the teams headed to the locker room.

In the second half, the Pipers regained an early, but narrow, lead. However, the Knights went ahead for the first time, 31-30, in the game at the 15-minute mark on a layup from Jeremy Sutherland.

The Pipers briefly took back the lead, 32-31, on an Andy Voigt (So., Cottage Grove, Minn.0) jumper.

Carleton put together a six-point lead, 38-32, at 12:46, and Hamline cut it down to a 38-38 tie with just under ten minutes to play as Charlie Choiniere (So., Oakdale, Minn.) hit a pair of free throws.

The Knights took back control, however, varying their lead between four and eight points from then until the final buzzer.

Brandon Rieg (Jr., Riverside, Calif.) led Hamline with 15 points while Carl Hipp (Sr., Little Canada, Minn.) had 12. Hipp led the Pipers off the boards with eight rebounds.

The Knights's Seth Jonker had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds while Sutherland and Sawatzke had 15 and 10 points, respectively. Scott Theisen added 10 rebounds.

The Pipers are now 2-2, 0-1 MIAC and the Knights are 1-3, 1-0 MIAC. Hamline next plays on Monday, December 6, when they host Saint John's at 7:30 p.m.