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Pipers drop exhibition game against DII Golden Bears

Hamline built up a 10-0 lead as tenacious defense from the Pipers kept the Golden Bears off the scoreboard until seven minutes after the opening tipoff. 

Carl Hipp (Sr., Little Canada, Minn.) scored the first two points of the game as he was sent to the free throw line after being fouled on a dunk attempt at 19:38.

He followed that up with a layup, putting the Pipers up 4-0 early.

Concordia ended their scoring drought at 13:06 when Peter Olafeso (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) drained a three-pointer to start an eight-point run.

Hipp dominated the opening ten minutes for the Pipers, scoring eight points and snagging four rebounds and two steals while blocking four shots.

Hamline twice built their lead back up to nine points, 19-10 at 8:19 and 21-12 at 6:55. However, Concordia whittled the lead back down to one, 23-22, with less than four and a half minutes to play until halftime.

A tip-in from Jordan Schmidt (So., Northbrook, Ill.), a pair of free throws from Andy Voigt (So., Cottage Grove, Minn.), and a short jumper from Levi Wenrich (Jr., Newhall, Calif.) put the Pipers up 29-22 over the next two minutes.

The lead once again was nine as Hipp tallied another steal and dished the ball off to Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.), whose layup made the score 33-24 with two minutes to play in the half.

A pair of shots inside the paint by the Golden Bears cut the Piper lead to five, 33-28, by the break. Hipp and Mike Campbell had eight points apiece to lead the Pipers in the first half while Peter Olafeso had 17 for Concordia.

The Golden Bears opened the second half with a three-point play on a layup and free three by Dan Vandervieren (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.). The score was soon tied for the first time in the game, 36-36, at 18:43.

Hipp broke the tie with a free throw just after the 18-minute mark, but a Concordia steal and the resulting layup by Kenny Olafeso (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) gave the Golden Bears their first lead of the game at 38-37, at 17:22.

The teams exchanged one-point leads on the next pair of possessions, but the hosts took their largest lead yet, 42-39, at 15:37. A shot from outside the arc at 14:35 by Christian Taber (So., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) tied the score at 44-44, but that led to a 6-0 Concordia run and a 50-44 lead for the Bears as they began to sharpen their second-half shooting.

Josh Pratt (Fy., Roseville, Minn.) ended the run with his first basket in the Piper burgundy as he drained a three-pointer at 11:55 to bring the Pipers within three, but Concordia wasn’t slowed down for long.

The Golden Bears tallied eight in a row for an 11-point lead, 58-47, at 10:25.

Down by 12, 61-49, Noah Aguirre (So., Fillmore, Calif.) converted on a three-point play with a layup and a free throw at 8:42 to bring the Piper deficit into single-digits, but it was as close as Hamline would get.

After shooting just 33% in the first half, Concordia shot 68% in the second half and ultimately won the game, 76-58.

Mike Campbell led the Piper scoring with 14 points while Hipp had 10. Hipp pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Pipers off the boards.

Peter Olafeso had 21 points while Kenny Olafeso scored 14 for Concordia.

Hamline will open the regular season on Tuesday, November 16, at Elmhurst College. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.