Whe you place five players in double figures in scoring -- and one of them didn't even score a point in the second half, you figure to do well. And so it was that Hamline had a balancing act worthy of the Flying Wallendas in a 89-83 men's BB victory Wednesday night at Hutton Arena.
Dior Ford's 10th straight game in double digits (he had 17 points) earned him top honors. But he had plenty of folks that deserved note, too. For example, Tyler Pannell followed his season-high effort last Saturday against St. John's with a 14-point first half output. Mike Campbell hit his season average with 13 points while Noah Aguirre and Al Tillman added 11 each in a game that was highflying from the opening tap.]
The Cobbers drew first blood, racing to a 7-0 lead in the game's first two minutes. Hamline counterpunched and scored of the game's next 25 points in a span of just five minutes.
Thus, the night's trend was set in stone. By halftime, the game was tied at 47-47 with HU providing half of its points off the bench.
The Pipers used an 18-4 run in the first 6:27 of the second half to seemingly take command at 65-51. But the Cobbers quickly began to peck away, slicing the lead to three points with 7:06 left at 73-70. Campbell hit a could of layups at key moments but CC's Ebo-Nana-Kewson, who scored 25 points on the night, responded in kind when required. The lead was back to three with time running out when Ford delivered a three-point dagger with two seconds left to finally put the game away..
Hamline jumped into a tie for 4th place in the MIAC with a 4-3 mark and stands 6-6 overall. The Pipers return to action Saturday at Bethel in a 3:00 p.m. game. St. Mary's visits Hutton Monday night for a 7:30 p.m. affair.