February 11, 2010

Hipp named to D3hoops.com Team of the Week, Pipers clinch playoff berth

Last week the Pipers went 3-0, leading to the MIAC announcing this morning that Hamline has clinched their first playoff berth since the 2005-06 season and the first in Whitmore's tenure.

Hipp (Jr., Little Canada, Minn.) averaged a double-double last week while shooting over 71 percent from the field as he led the Pipers to a 3-0 week. He also joined the 1,000 career point club in the process.

On Monday, he also earned MIAC men's basketball athlete of the week honors for his play. To see the complete D3hoops.com Team of the Week for the week of February 1-7, click here.

He averaged 26.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg, three blocks per game and shot 71.4 percent (30-42) from the field. He also made 80.0 percent of his free throws (20-25).

In Monday night’s 86-83 win over Concordia, Hipp tallied 22 points and pulled down six boards He then had 29 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks in an 87-71 win over a Bethel team that had won three straight and five of six. In the 66-63 win over second-place Gustavus, Hipp again had 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

Against Gustavus with the score tied at 60-60 with 2:22 play an 998 career points, Hipp was fouled on a lay-up attempt. He drained both shots to go up 62-60 and hit the 1,000 career point milestone. 30 seconds later he made a lay-up, was fouled in the process, and converted the three-point play to put the Pipers up 65-60.

Hamline is currently in fourth place in the conference standings, trailing Gustavus and Augsburg by half a game. The Pipers are now 15-8, 11-7 MIAC and will next play at Saint John's on Wednesday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m.