A close, low-scoring opening ten minutes of play gave way to an Augsburg lead that extended to 10 points at halftime, 34-24.
The Pipers managed to close their deficit to five points several times during the second half, but each time the Auggies got back the double-digit advantage on the scoreboard. Augsburg stayed ahead to win the game, 83-67.
The Pipers were led by Tony Thrasher’s (Sr., Hustisford, Wis.) 18 points, while Dan Andersen (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) added 14. Two additional Pipers were in double-digits, as Max Van Ordstrand (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) had 11 points and Stoddard Barnhill (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) had 10.
Nate Alm (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) led the Auggies with a game-high 24 points. A pair of Augsburg players, Jon Cassens (Jr., Prior Lake, Minn.) and Andy Grzesiak-Grimm (Fy., Wyoming, Minn.), added 10 apiece.
Hamline’s record is now 3-12, 2-8 MIAC with the conference loss. The Auggies move to 10-6, 8-3 MIAC. Hamline will remain home for their third straight conference contest, hosting Macalester on Saturday, January 24, at 3:00 p.m. The game will be the second in a women’s-men’s double-header against the Scots.