March 19, 2011

Hipp dominates in All-Star Game, earns D3hoops All-American third team honor

The game, played in Salem, Virginia, prior to the start of the NCAA Division III championship game, featured two players were selected from each of the eight regions as well as two players that were selected from an internet vote. Additionally, two players were selected from the two teams that did not advance to the Division III championship game.

Hipp was one of the two players voted in by fans on D3hoops.com. He played 22 minutes in the game.

The corps of all-stars from the West took a dominant lead in the first half, leading 51-36 at the intermission. Hipp had already recorded a double-double by halftime with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

In the second half, the East came back, and led by two, 74-72, when an unusual play tied the game back up for the West with 3:47 to play in the game. A member of the East coaching staff was called for a technical foul, but instead of sending a uniformed player to the line for the West, coach Jim Burson took the free throws for his team in his polo shirt.

The former Muskingum College coach came off the bench cold and drained both shots, tying the score at 74-74. Coach Burson finished the game with two points and a perfect shooting percentage.

The West scored again on their next possession and never looked back, going on to win by 11.

Hipp finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocked shots. He also added two steals to his tally.

Prior to the start of the Division III championship team, D3hoops.com announced their All-American teams. Hipp added to his post-season honors as he was named to the third team. To see the complete D3hoops.com All-American teams, click here.

Hipp was also an NABC second team All-American, D3hoops.com All-West Region, NABC All-West District, and the MIAC Joe Hutton player-of-the-year.