February 17, 2010

Second half surge not enough against Johnnies

A pair of lay-ups from Noah Aguirre (Fy., Fillmore, Calif.) and Carl Hipp (Jr., Little Canada, Minn.) sandwiched a three-pointer by Ray Brown (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.) for a 7-0 Hamline lead to start the game.

The Johnnies then responded with an 18-2 run to take the seven-point lead, 18-9, at 11:29.

Saint John's built upon that lead and went on to lead by 12, 37-25, at halftime.

The Johnnies continued to lead by double-digits to open the second half until Dan Andersen (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.) hit a layup and a three-pointer. The pair of shots came within 30 seconds of each other and cut the Saint John's lead to seven, 48-41, at 13:28.

A three-point play on a layup and a free throw from Aguirre cut the deficit to five, 49-44, at 10:36, but Saint John's rebounded to take another double-digit lead a minute later.

The Pipers slowly started to cut away at the Saint Johns' lead in the final seven minutes and a pair of Aguirre free throws followed by a pair of treys from Aguirre and Jordan Schmidt (Fy., Northbrook, Ill.) put the Pipers up by two, 59-57, with 4:10 to play.

Saint John's tied the game, 59-59. on an Aaron Burtzel layup with 2:09 to play. The Johnnies then took the lead on a jumper from Sam Blank, 61-59, exactly 60 seconds later.

A free throw from Brown with 52 remaining on the clock made it a one-point game, 61-60, but the Johnnies made their next layup and held off the Pipers until the final buzzer.

Aguirre had a game-high 16 points while Hipp and Andersen each had a double-double. Hipp tallied 14 points and pulled down 11 boards while Andersen had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Schmidt tallied 12 points.

Hamline falls to 15-9, 11-8 MIAC with the conference loss while the Johnnies improve to 14-10, 11-8 MIAC. The Pipers will play their final regular season game at home on Saturday, February 21, at 3:00 p.m. against St. Thomas. The game will be the second in a women’s-men’s double-header.