Tony Thrasher (Sr., Hustisford, Wis.) started off the Pipers by scoring their first eight points on a jumper and two treys in the opening 90 seconds.
They never trailed after that in the first half, holding a 35-28 lead at halftime.
The Pipers continued their lead into the second half, maintaining a seven to nine-point advantage into the final two minutes of play. A pair of Ole free throws with 1:41 on the clock, followed by another two from the foul line with 1:10 on the clock, cut the Hamline lead to two at 60-58.
The two teams scrambled up and down the court after each other and the ball in the final minute, with the Pipers holding off the Oles for the win.
Thrasher and Carl Hipp (So., Little Canada, Minn.) led Hamline with 14 apiece. Hipp added 11 rebounds for the double-double. Eric Clute (So., Hawley, Minn.) was also in double-digit scoring with 12 points.
The Pipers will return to Hutton Arena on Saturday, January 31, to host Carleton in the second game of a men's/women's double-header at 3:00 p.m.
The double-header will be a "Think Pink" event hosted by Piper student-athletes. The event is designed to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research, and is being conducted in honor of Hamline professor Deanna Thompson. Professor Thompson is currently fighting her own courageous battle with the disease. Proceeds from the game, as well as donations collected, will be donated by the student-athletes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. "Think Pink" t-shirts will be available at the game for $10 as part of the fundraiser.