March 11, 2011

Strong second half carries Pipers over Knights

The Knights took the opening lead of the game and held it until the final five minutes of the first half. With 4:17 remaining in the half and the Pipers trailing 24-23, Jordan Schmidt (Fy., Fillmore, Calif.) was sent to the free throw line.

Schmidt made both shots for the 25-24 Hamline advantage. The shots were the first two free throws awarded in the game and were two of just four taken in the first half.

The Pipers led 30-28 at the intermission, with Carl Hipp (Jr., Little Canada, Minn.) and Brown (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.) tallying eight apiece to lead Hamline.

Carleton tied the game, 30-30, in the first minute of play after halftime. They led until Dan Andersen (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.) drained a jumper to give Hamline a 41-39 lead at 13:26.

The Pipers maintained control of the scoreboard from then until the final buzzer. They gained their first double-digit lead at 57-47 on a Noah Aguirre (Fy., Fillmore, Calif.) three-pointer with 8:48 to play.

The Hamline lead was cut to three points, 63-60, with under four minutes to play. However, the Pipers closed the game with a 14-5 run for the 77-65 victory.

Hipp had a double-double to lead Hamline, scoring 16 and pulling down 12 rebounds. Brown tallied a game-high 19 points, while Aguirre had the 13 and Schmidt added 11.

Carleton was led by 19 from Bryan Rosett and 17 from Seth Jonker.

The Pipers improve to 6-4, 2-3 MIAC with the conference win. The Knights fall to 5-5, 1-4 MIAC. Hamline will hit the road to play at Bethel on Monday, January 4, at 7:30 p.m.