February 15, 2012

Pipers Win To Force Playoff Race To Season's Final Day

There was no need to check the portable computers to see how their opponents were faring. Hamline's men's team knew they needed a win at St. Mary's to keep alive hopes for a third consecutive appearance in the conference postseason tournament. The Pipers did just that, tearing away in the second half to record a 72-51 win at St. Mary's.

Hamline is now in a three-way tie for 5th place with Bethel (who lost a home to St. Thomas) and St. John's (which held off Macalester) at 10-9. The Pipers need a win Saturday at Macalester and a Royal loss to Gustavus or a SJU loss to Concordia to make the playoff field.

The Cardinals started out like they were going to ruin the party, sprinting to a 5-0 lead 70 seconds into the game. HU grabbed the lead for good on Mike Campbell's three pointer that made it 15-12 with 8:38  left in the half.

HU led 30-24 at the break. 

In the second stanza, the Pipers came out flying on a 13-4 run that put the home team on its heels. The Pipers never let up, leading by as many as 25 down the stretch. Campbell led the balanced attack with 16 points. Al Tillman celebrated his return after missing a game with injury with 13 counters. Dior Ford (12) and Noah Aguirre 11) also recorded double digit nights.

Hamline shot 50 per cent from the field for the game (56.7 in the second half). They also held a 33-27 rebounding edge. (Tillman led with 5).

The Pipers end their regular season with a rematch against a Scot team they defeated 91-56 at home last month. But the Scots played without top scorer Pierce Peters that game. Game time Saturday at Mac's Leonard Center is 3:00 p.m.

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