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Eagles down Pipers in close season opener

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 half.

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 to play.

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.