Hamline hit the road to try to play the role of the spoiler in the story of #1-ranked St. Thomas’ undefeated season attempt, but fell short in the end. Thrasher kept the sold-out crowd for the final men’s game at Schoenecker Arena quiet for the opening six minutes of play as he hit a trio of threes to get the Pipers a 9-4 advantage with 15:30 on the clock.
The Tommies started to chip away at Hamline’s lead, taking control of the scoreboard at with a 10-9 lead at 12:30. They went on to lead 35-18 at halftime. Thrasher had 15 of the Pipers’ first-half points.
St. Thomas built up an 18-point lead in the second half at 45-27. Three straight layups by Eric Clute (So., Hawley, Minn.), Carl Hipp (So., Little Canada, Minn.) and Stoddard Barnhill (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) cut the lead to 12 (45-33) at the 12-minute mark.
The Tommies responded with five points on two baskets to go ahead 50-33 with under 10 minutes to play, and kept control of the game from there.
With the win, the Tommies finished the 2008-09 regular season undefeated in both overall and MIAC play.
The Pipers were led by Thrasher’s 22 points. Thrasher’s 1,360 points puts him seventh all-time in scoring at Hamline. Hipp had nine rebounds, seven points and six blocked shots in the game.
The Pipers conclude the 2008-09 season at 10-15, 8-12 MIAC with the conference loss while the Tommies end the regular season at 25-0, 20-0 MIAC.