Up 4-0 to start the game, the Pipers took a 7-0 lead just before the
17-minute mark. Ray Brown (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.) snagged a rebound and
tossed it the length of the floor to Jordan Schmidt (Fy., Northbrook,
Ill.), who made a layup and was fouled on the shot. He finished off the
three-point play on the free throw.
Noah Aguirre (Fy., Fillmore, Calif.) hit a layup and Carl Hipp (Jr.,
Little Canada, Minn.) added two more to make the score 13-0 five and a
half minutes after the tip.
The Cardinals first got on the board a minute later with a three-pointer from Thomas Sims, Jr. (Fy., Eagan, Minn.).
Brandon Rieg (So., Riverside, Calif.) put the Pipers ahead by 21
points, 38-17, with a layup at 3:36 in the first half. Hamline went on
to lead 42-19 at halftime.
Hipp tallied 14 points in the first half while Brown had nine
rebounds and eight points. Will Wright (Jr., Chicago, Ill.) had nine
points to pace the Cardinals in the opening frame.
The Pipers scored the first six points of the second half, taking a
48-19 lead less than two minutes in. Wright ended the Cardinals’ scoring
drought with a pair of free throws right before the 18-minute mark.
Hamline went up by 31 points just over a minute later as Hipp made a
layup for the 52-21 lead. Hipp then tallied his 19th and 20th points of
the game less than five minutes after the start of the half, putting
Hamline up 56-24.
A 40-point gap opened up on the scoreboard when Aguirre hit a free
throw with 10:02 on the clock. He also made the second shot for a 71-30
Hipp finished with the 20 points and had four blocked shots while
Brown tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, adding in
five assists. Andersen scored 12 points and Aguirre had 11. Andy Voigt
(Fy., Cottage Grove, Minn.) had three blocked shots. Hamline had a total
of nine blocked shots in the game.
Saint Mary’s was led by 17 points from Wright and 13 from Chris Palmer (Fy., Faribault, Minn.).
The Pipers are now 8-4, 4-3 MIAC with the conference win. The
Cardinals are 4-7, 2-4 MIAC. Hamline remains on the road to play at
Gustavus on Saturday, January 9, at 3:00 p.m. The game is the second in a
women’s-men’s road double-header.