The Knights held the lead on the scoreboard through the first half and held an eight-point lead with under two minutes to play in the half. Stoddard Barnhill (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) then got into a wild three-point play exchange with Carleton’s Blaise Davis (Fy., Elk River, Minn.) that cut the Knights’ lead to five.
With the Pipers down 32-24, Barnhill drove to the basket with 1:20 on the clock, making the layup and collecting the foul. Davis answered with a shot from outside the arc, before Barnhill repeated the same three-point play with seven seconds on the clock.
Barnhill then recovered the rebound on the Knights’ final shot attempt of the half, keeping the halftime score at 35-30 in favor of Carleton.
Dan Andersen (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) led Hamline’s scoring in the first half with seven points, while Seth Jonker (So., Apple Valley, Minn.) led Carleton with eight points.
Carleton opened up the lead on the Pipers once again in the second half, but Hamline kept the pressure on the Knights, cutting the lead back down to two, 49-47, at 10:42. After Carleton climbed back out to a 57-51 lead again, Tony Thrasher (Sr., Hustisford, Wis.) made two layups in a row to cut the Pipers’ deficit to 57-55 with 6:40 to play.
Barnhill was sent to the line once again at 5:57, sinking both free throws to tie the game.
The Knights’ Carter Biewen (So., Golden Valley, Minn.) and Davis responded with a jumper and a trey, respectively, to gain a 62-57 lead for the Knights at 4:23.
That exchange of baskets, and narrow Carleton leads, continued until Jonker drained a three-pointer with just over two minutes to play that jumped the visitors back out to a 67-62 lead that they built upon leading up to the final buzzer.
The Pipers were led by 19 from Andersen and 12 from Thrasher. Thrasher added 10 rebounds for the double-double.
Carleton was paced by Jonker’s 17 points, while Zach Johnson (Sr., Apple Valley, Minn.) and Bryan Rosett (Jr., Cottage Grove, Minn.) each had 12. Rosett tallied a double-double by adding 15 rebounds to his point total.
Hamline’s record now stands at 5-13, 4-10 MIAC after the conference loss. The Knights improve to 13-5, 9-4 MIAC. Hamline will play at home again tomorrow, Sunday, February 1, at 3:00 p.m. They will host the Concordia Cobbers in the second game of a women’s-men’s double-header.