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Strong second half for #5 Tommies defeats Pipers

Nick Carroll (Sr., Mendota Heights, Minn.) opened the game's scoring with a free throw, and the Pipers held a trio of one-point leads in the first three minutes.

The host Tommies built a lead as large as 13 points in the first half, but the Pipers went on a run in the final three minutes of the period to cut their deficit to four at halftime.

Down by 12, 36-24, with 3:10 to play before the intermission, Hamline scored eight unanswered points to cut the score to 36-32 at the break. Six of the eight points came from the free throw line.

The Pipers held the St. Thomas lead to under ten points in the final 20 minutes until 11:38 remained in the game. A jumper by the Tommies gave them an 11-point lead, 54-43, and the double-digit lead remained until the final buzzer.

Ray Brown (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.) had 11 points, six rebounds, and two steals to lead the Pipers. Carl Hipp (Jr., Little Canada, Minn.) had 10 points and two blocked shots, while Victor Easter (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) added nine points.

Hamline drops to 9-6, 5-5 MIAC with the conference loss while St. Thomas is now 13-2, 9-1 MIAC. The Pipers remain on the road for their second of three games away from Hutton Arena this week, playing a 7:30 p.m. game at Augsburg on Wednesday, January 20.