An intense opening half of up-and-down play saw the scoreboard
knotted up seven times. The final tie came with 47 seconds to play in
the half, 30-30. Carleton then made a lay-up and a free throw to carry a
three-point lead, 33-30, into the locker room.
The first points of the second half didn't come until nearly two
minutes after play began when Ray Brown (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.) won a
battle around the rim and tipped in a shot.
The two teams alternated ties and two-point leads for the next four
minutes. A dunk by Brown followed by a Christian Taber (Fy., Brooklyn
Park, Minn.) steal and lay-up broke open a six-point lead, 47-41, for
the Pipers at 11:38.
The visitors' lead varied from five to seven points until a lay-up by
Jeremy Sunderland from Carleton put the Knights within three, 59-56,
with five minutes to play. Sunderland went on to have a game-high 20
Carleton took the lead, 63-61, with 3:18 to play in the game on a
three-pointer from Scott Theisen. Carl Hipp (Jr., Little Canada, Minn.)
tied it up again nearly a minute later, 63-63.
A trio of free throws spread out over the final 1:11 put Carleton
ahead 66-63 with six seconds to play. Hamline inbounded the ball and
attempted a last-second three to send the game to overtime, but couldn't
Hipp had a team-high 13 points and four blocked shots while Brown had
a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards. Taber tallied 12 points
and Noah Aguirre (Fy., Fillmore, Calif.) contributed 11.
The Pipers are now 12-7, 8-6 MIAC after the conference loss. Carleton
is 11-8, 7-7 MIAC. Hamline returns to Hutton Arena to host Concordia on
Monday, February 1, at 7:45 p.m. The game is the second in a
women's-men's double-header against the Cobbers.