Hamline News

Late-game comeback attempt thwarted by Johnnies

Center Carl Hipp (Sr., Little Canada, Minn.) won the opening tip and scored the first basket of the game on the first possession for the Pipers.

The score was then tied on the scoreboard every two points up to 6-6, when Saint John’s began a 6-0 run to go up 12-6 six minutes into the game.

The Johnnies built their lead up to 11 points (22-11) at 7:35 and then again at 6:40 (27-16), the second time as Andy Burns (Jr., Shorewood, Minn.) hit a three-pointer. Burns tallied 10 in the opening half.

Hamline cut the deficit to five twice (30-25 at 2:54 and 32-27 at :52), both times on free throws. However, the Johnnies would go on to lead at halftime by seven, 34-27.

In addition to Burns’ 10 in the first half, Aaron Burtzel (Sr., Cold Spring, Minn.) had eight.

Hamline was led by 10 from Hipp in the opening 20 minutes.

At the beginning of the second half, Burtzel, Aaron Barmore (Jr., Bloomington, Minn.) and Sam Blank (Sr., Rollingstone, Minn.) combined to help the Johnnies go up by 16 (48-32) by the 14-minute mark.

Hamline started to battle back, and with 1:18 remaining on the game clock, Noah Aquirre (So., Fillmore, Calif.) hit a jumper that put the Pipers within five, 72-67.

Hipp then hit a pair of free throws to cut the Saint John's lead down to three, 72-69, with 59 seconds left to play in regulation.

The Pipers couldn't get any closer than those three points, as five more trips to the free throw line helped the Johnnies win by an eight-point margin, 80-72.

Burtzel (Sr., Cold Spring, Minn.) had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Saint John's while Blank had a team-high 20 points. Burns added 17 points and Barmore had 14 as five Johnnies scored in double-digits. 
Hipp was a rebound shy of a double-double as he tallied a game-high 23 points and pulled down nine boards for the Pipers. Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) added 15 points while Aguirre had 12.
Hamline is now 2-3, 0-2 MIAC while the Johnnies are 5-2, 1-1 MIAC. The Pipers next host Augsburg on Wednesday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.