January 04, 2010

Pipers now even in MIAC play with win over Royals

The opening 13 minutes of play between the Pipers and Royals saw the scoreboard tied seven times before Bethel pulled ahead to hold an eight-point lead at halftime 40-32.

The hosts would hold onto the lead until Carl Hipp (Jr., Little Canada, Minn.) made a free throw to tie the game, 57-57, for the eighth time with eight and a half minutes to play. His second shot gave the Pipers a one-point lead.

Over the next 90 seconds, the only scoring came from Brown (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.) and Victor Easter (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.). The duo gave Hamline a seven-point lead, 64-57, with a pair of three-pointers.

The Pipers carried the lead to the final buzzer, although a late trey with two seconds to play from Bethel cut their final margin of victory to two points, 72-70.

Brown had 14 points and nine boards to lead the Pipers while Aguirre (Fy., Fillmore, Calif.) added 12 points. A trio of Pipers – Hipp, Levi Wenrich (So., Newhall, Calif.), and Dan Andersen (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.) – added eight apiece. Jordan Schmidt (Fy., Northbrook, Ill.) dished out four assists.

Hamline moves to 7-4, 3-3 MIAC with the conference win while Bethel is now 5-5, 1-4 MIAC. The Pipers return home to Hutton Arena to host Saint Mary’s on Wednesday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m.