November 20, 2010

Strong first half carries Pipers over Elmhurst

Carl Hipp (Sr., Little Canada, Minn.) scored the first two of his game-high 15 points in the opening minute to put the Pipers on the scoreboard first.

Elmhurst tied the game at 2-2 and 4-4, but that was the closest the Bluejays would ever get to a lead in the first half. Hipp answer the second tie with a layup and the Pipers went on to build up a lead as strong as 18 (30-12) with five minutes to play in the first half.

The Bluejays cut the lead to 13, 36-23, by halftime.

Elmhurst started off hot in the second half, scoring the first seven points of the period to trail by six, 36-30, at 16:13.

Once again Hipp helped get the Pipers back into the swing of things as he knocked down a pair of shots and Levi Wenrich (Jr., Newhall, Calif.) hit a free throw to go back up by 11, 41-30, at 14:11.

The hosts battled back while down by a dozen, 49-37, at 11:57. The Bluejays put together a 17-5 run over the next six minutes to take a one-point lead, 55-54, at 5:39.

The two teams battled back and forth over the next five minutes, putting together 10 ties or lead changes. It was the tenth lead change that was the final one. Down by three (66-63), with 48 seconds to play, Hipp hit a jumper before Noah Aguirre (So., Fillmore, Calif.) drained a pair of free throws with 28 seconds on the clock.

The two points gave Hamline the 67-66 lead.

Four more free throws countered the one that Elmhurst got and Hamline hung on for the four-point margin of victory, 71-67.

Hipp added eight rebounds to his 15 points while Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) had 12 points. Elmhurst was led by a trio of players in double-digits.

The Pipers even their overall record to 1-1 with the non-conference win. The Bluejays are now 0-2.

Hamline next plays on Sunday, November 28, at Buena Vista. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.