Hamline shot 56 per cent from the field in the second half of its 92-72 men's BB win at Carleton Wednesday night.
And that was the lesser of the two 20-minute sessions.
Shooting a torrid 61.7 percent from the field, the Pipers utilized their deep bench to roll to their highest scoring output of the season in winning their third straight MIAC game. HU is 3-2 in the league and 5-5 overall after the solid victory over the Knights. The Pipers were so balanced that Victor Easter, who didn't start the game, led the charge with 15 points. Starter Dior Ford had 13 and Sam Gullickson, also a non-starter had a dozen.
It almost didn't matter who shot the ball. It went in the net all night.
HU was 21-for-31 from the field in the first half in vaulting to a 51-35 lead. Easter had a pair of steals and three baskets in an early run that saw HU erase a 10-9 deficit and turn it into a 22-14 lead. It morphed into a 37-22 advantage five minutes later and got as high as 18 before the first half ended. The Piper bench outscored the Knights' reserves 35-3 in the explosive half.
By the middle of the second half, the only question was the final margin. A dozen players ended up on the scoresheet as HU tied the league high for most field goals in a game by going 37-for-60 from the field. (Ironically, the 61.7 percentage finish is the second best effort this year in the MIAC. Carleton shot 62 per cent in a win over Bethel.)
Hamline now returns home for its first game at Hutton Arena since Dec. 13 Saturday against St. John's, who is also 3-2 in the league. Game time is 3:00 p.m.
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