Tyler Pannell hit seven three-point shots as Hamline defeated Minnesota, Crookston 78-63 in an exhibition game Thursday night at Hutton Arena.
Hamline had their long-distance shooting shoes on all night. The Pipers went 16-for-33 from beyond the arc. In addition to Pannell's game-high 23 points, Brandon Rieg hit five long shots en route to scoring 17 points. Christian Taber was the only other Piper in double digits with 10.Dior Ford had seven rebounds and Noah Aguirre recorded six.
The Division II Golden Eagles grabbed an early 11-3 lead only to see HU score 15 unanswered points and lead for the rest of the night. It was 40-28 at halftime.
UMC rallied to get within two points at 60-58 with 8:43 to play but Rieg and Pannell connected from long distance and the Piper defense tightened up considerably. The Golden Eagles managed just one basket the rest of the way. Both teams finish the exhibition season with a 1-1 record.
Hamline opens the regular season at Hutton next Tuesday against Northwestern (MN) at 7:30 p.m. The school will honor Don Meyer, its former coach before the game. Meyer, who had 923 victories as a head coach, was the Piper bench boss from 1972-75. He was selected for the school's Ring of Honor. The original ceremony was postponed due to a snowstorm last December. When it was re-scheduled, Meyer was unable to attend. He will be honored before the game and in a post-game reception.
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