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Hamline took their first lead, 8-6, just before the 15-mintute mark
as Ray Brown (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.) hit Carl Hipp (Jr., Little Canada,
Minn.) for an easy lay-up as he cut down the center of the lane.
St. Olaf responded with four straight points to go back up by two,
10-8. The Oles then built up an 18-11 lead at the halfway point of the
Hamline then doubled the Oles’ point total over the six minutes,
out-scoring them 14-7 to tie the game at 25-25 with 4:22 remaining in
the half. The tying three-pointer came as Brown dumped the ball out to
Dan Andersen (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.) near the top of the arc.
Hamline went on to lead by five, 35-30, at the break. Hipp had a
double-double by the end of the first half, leading the Pipers with 12
points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks. Brown had eight points and four
assists in the opening 20 minutes.
Bobby Fong (So., Bloomington, Minn.) had 17 points in the first half
for the Oles, including a three-pointer at the end of the half to cut
the Piper lead from eight to five points.
The Oles battled back to start the second half, tying the game at
41-41 just over five and a half minutes into the period. A three-point
play from a lay-up and a free throw by Alfred Jaryan (So., Bloomington,
Minn.) gave the Oles a 44-41 lead one minute later.
A pair of free throws from Christian Taber (Fy., Brooklyn Park,
Minn.) made it a one-point game, 44-43, in favor of the Oles. Brown then
powered to the basket for a lay-up and made a trey on the next Piper
possession for the 48-44 Hamline lead by the 12-minute mark.
The Pipers went on to carry a 65-62 lead into the final minute of
play. With 16 seconds on the clock, Neville hit a three to tie it up.
Hamline inbounded the ball and with 1.9 seconds on the clock, Brown
released the game-winning shot from right in front of the Hamline bench
for the 68-65 victory.
Brown finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Hipp’s
double-double consisted of 20 points and 14 boards. Fong led the Oles
with 22 points while Neville had 13.
The conference win moves the Pipers to 12-6, 8-5 MIAC and the Oles to
8-9, 6-6 MIAC. The Pipers remain at home at Hutton Arena to host
Concordia on Monday, February 1, at 7:45 p.m. The game is the second in a