A Christian Taber (So., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) three-pointer put
Hamline up by eight, 17-9, at the end of the sixth minute of play. The
Eagles whittled away the lead, going up by one at 11:15 in the first
Northwestern would hold onto a lead for the remainder of the first 20
minutes, and held a six-point advantage at the start of the final
minute of play before the break. Carl Hipp (Sr., Little Canada, Minn.)
hit a short jumper to cut the Piper halftime deficit to four, 36-32.
Hipp had eight points and eight rebounds in the opening half while Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) had seven points.
In the second half, the Pipers gained their first lead since early in
the game when Taber hit a layup to put the Pipers up 39-38 at 16:36.
The Pipers led by as many as four, 44-40, at 13:12, before a battle
of one-point leads began between the two teams. Seven times the
scoreboard read a point difference either way before Northwestern began
their surge at the six-minute mark, going up 54-51.
With three and a half minutes to play, Hamline trailed by eight,
62-54, but climbed back into contention. Hipp hit a layup, Campbell
converted on a three-point play off of a layup up and free throw, and
Jordan Schmidt (So., Northbrook, Ill.) had a layup. That string of
points cut the Piper deficit to one, 62-61, with just under two minutes
Several missed shots by both teams, including two final attempts by
the Pipers in the waning seconds, left the final score at 62-61.
Hipp had a double-double with 19 points and 20 rebounds (eight
offensive, 12 defensive). Campbell added 13 points and Noah Aguirre
(So., Fillmore, Calif.) had 11 points.
The Pipers open with an 0-1, 0-0 MIAC record while the Eagles are 1-0, 0-0 UMAC after the non-conference contest.
Hamline next plays on Saturday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Elmhurst.