December 30, 2010

Late rally leads to OT win for host Warhawks

In the opening 30 seconds of play, the two teams exchanged layups for the first tie of the game, but Hamline controlled the scoreboard through the opening 20 minutes. During the first eight minutes of the half, Whitewater cut Hamline's lead to one point four times, but trailed by 12, 42-30, at halftime.

After that, the Pipers would continue to lead until 1:42 remained on the clock in regulation when the Warhawks created the second tie of the game, 60-60.

13 seconds later, Noah Aguirre (So., Fillmore, Calif.) drained a three-pointer for the 63-60 Hamline advantage. Antone Byrd hit a layup with a minute to play to get the Warhawks to within a point, and then tied the game with a free throw with 25 seconds on the clock.

Byrd missed his second free throw, and that combined with a pair of missed Piper shots in the final four seconds sent the game into overtime knotted at 63-63.

Mike Campbell (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.) opened the extra frame by knocking down a shot from outside the arc but Byrd answered with another game-tying shot.

After that, the Warhawks held the momentum and went on to win by 11 points, 91-80.

Campbell's 15 points led the Pipers while Levi Wenrich (Jr., Newhall, Calif.) posted 14 points. Campbell and Tyler Pannell (Fy., Portland, Ore.) tallied nine apiece.

Whitewater was led by Chris Davis' 32 points. Three additional Warhawks scored in double-digits.

Hamline is now 3-5 overall while UW-Whitewater is 7-4. The Pipers return to conference play on Monday, January 3, with a 7:30 p.m. game at Gustavus Adolphus.