November 29, 2009

Aguirre's 27 points break down Beavers' defensive dam

After the Beavers took an opening 4-0 lead, the Pipers’ Jordan Schmidt (Fy., Northbrook, Ill.) and Ray Brown (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.) drained a pair of three-pointers and Brandon Rieg (So., Riverside, Calif.) hit a lay-up for an 8-6 lead in the first three minutes.

Steve Gute (Sr., Carroll, Iowa) tied the game again at 8-8, but another shot inside the paint from Rieg put the Pipers up by two again.

Buena Vista gained a lead again five and a half minutes into the game as Jeff Janssen (So., Fairmont, Minn.) was fouled while shooting a shot from outside the arc. He also made the free throw, and his four points gave the Beavers a 21-19 edge.

After Noah Aguirre (Fy., Fillmore, Calif.) tied the score with a lay-up, Carl Hipp (Jr., Little Canada, Minn.) hit two straight lay-ups, followed by a lay-up and free throw from Aguirre. Those baskets gave the Pipers a 28-21 lead just over eight minutes into the game.

The Pipers held an 11-point lead, 34-23, halfway through the opening half, but the Beavers responded with eight straight points to cut the Hamline lead to three at 8:11. A pair of Buena Vista free throws at 7:30 cut their deficit to one point, but the Pipers took control from there, carrying a 10-point lead, 56-46, into halftime.

Aguirre had 17 points in the first half to lead the Pipers, while Hipp added 12. Hipp also had five rebounds and three blocks in the opening 20 minutes. Nick Carroll (Sr., Mendota Heights, Minn.) dished out six assists. The Beavers were paced by 10 points from Janssen in the first half.

The Pipers didn’t slow down in the second half, and pulled out to a 20-point lead, 81-61, just over eight minutes after halftime. In that stretch, Brown tallied eight points, including his third and fourth treys of the game. Aguirre added six points in those eight minutes. Hipp contributed two more blocks in that time.

Buena Vista cut that lead back down to 11, 83-72, on a three-pointer from Janssen at the eight-minute mark. Brown responded for the Pipers with his fifth three-pointer of the game and Hamline remained in control until the final buzzer.

Hamline hit the 100-point mark with three minutes to play as Rieg was fouled after a steal and sent to the free throw line. He drained both shots for the 12-point, 100-78, lead.

The Pipers shot just over 56% from the field in the game compared to the Beavers making 46% of their attempts. Hamline also shot 88% from the free throw line while Buena Vista shot 63%.

Aguirre finished with a game-high 27 points while Brown and Hipp finished with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Rieg totaled 13 points. Hipp led the Hamline rebounding with nine boards (four offensive) and tallied six blocks.

The Beavers were led by 17 points apiece from Janssen and Wes Nordquist (Fy., Adel, Iowa.). They had three players with a team-high four boards.

The Pipers move to 2-1 overall with the non-conference win. The Beavers are now 2-3 overall. Hamline will open MIAC play by hosting Augsburg College on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m.