Earlier in the day the NCAA regional rankings were posted with Hamline earning the #8 ranking in the West Region.
In Winona, Saint Mary's had five players score in double-digits and
the Cardinals were sent to the free throw line 35 times, making 32
shots, in the game.
Hamline took an early lead in the game and had a 21-17 advantage just over six minutes into the game.
But the Cardinals got hot from the field at that point and went on a
15-0 run to lead by 11, 32-21, with seven minutes to play in the half.
Saint Mary's led by as many as 20 in the first half before the Pipers cut the lead to 16, 52-36, at halftime.
The Pipers closed to within nine, 62-53, on a Christian Taber (Fy.,
Brooklyn Park, Minn.) three-pointer at 14:10. They bounced around the
ten-point deficit for a minute, but ultimately the Cardinal pulled back
out to a double-digit lead and never looked back.
The Cardinals were led by 22 from Lucas Hollan, 19 from Chris Palmer,
and 17 from Gary Seifert. Will Wright and Thomas Sims has 11 and 10
Brown had 33 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Hamline.
Noah Aguirre (Fy., Fillmore, Calif.) had 14 points and Carl Hipp (Jr.,
Little Canada, Minn.) added 10. Hipp also had four blocked shots.
Hamline fell to 15-8, 11-7 MIAC with the conference loss while the
Cardinals improve to 8-14, 6-11 MIAC. The Pipers have the bye on
Saturday and will remain on the road to play at Saint John’s on
Wednesday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m.