December 14, 2010

Hipp swats away six shots but Pipers fall to Falcons

Just second after the opening tip, the host Falcons scored the first basket of the game. Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) knocked down a pair of free throws inside the first minute to quickly tie up the game and then added a layup for a Hamline lead a minute later.

A pair of three-pointers and a layup from Noah Aguirre (So., Fillmore, Calif.), along with a Carl Hipp (Sr., Little Canada, Minn.) dunk, put the Pipers up by 10, 14-4, at the 15-minute mark.

The hosts took back the lead just inside the 10-minute mark, 20-19, on a jumper and led until the end of the first half. Christian Taber (So., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) hit a layup as the buzzer sounded to put Hamline within three at the break, 36-33.

Campbell carried that momentum over into the beginning of the second half with an opening shot from outside the arc that tied the game.

Over the next 15 minutes the teams battled up and down the court, tying the score nine times. After the 11th tie of the game, 64-64, at 4:25, a three-pointer from the Falcons registered the final lead change of the game.

In addition to his 6 blocks, Hipp recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Campbell tallied 15 points and three steals while Aguirre had 13 points and a trio of assists.

Hipp went 10-for-10 from the free throw line while Campbell was perfect in eight attempts from the stripe.

Jontae Koonkaew had 29 points to lead UW-River Falls.

Hamline is now 3-4 overall while River Falls is 9-2 after the non-conference contest. The Pipers next play on Thursday, December 30, at UW-Whitewater.

Additionally, Hamline's game against St. Thomas that was postponed on Saturday due to the blizzard has been rescheduled for Monday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m.