Like a car on a January morning, Hamline's men BB team started slow Saturday afternoon against Macalester at Hutton Arena. But once the Pipers warmed up, they ran like a souped up sports car in the middle of summer. The Pipers outscored the Scots, 51-29, in the second half to tear away to a convincing 91-56 victory at Hutton Arena. Mike Campbell led a balanced offense with 21 points, seven rebounds and five steals in just 18 minutes of playing time. Dior Ford added 17 points and four blocks and Al Tillman came off the bench to contribute 15 points.
A dozen different players ended up on the scoresheet as the Pipers improved to 9-7 overall, 7-4 in the MIAC. They remained tied with St. Olaf for fourth place in the loop, two games behind tri-leaders Augsburg, Gustavus and St. Thomas.
It was 17-all midway in the first half when Ford ignited a 12-2 run with a pair of baskets, a free throw, a block, a steal and a rebound. By halftime, HU, with their bench outscoring the Scots 14-0, led 40-27. Four minutes into the second half, the margin was 27 points. Campbell was the igniter this time, scoring eight points in a 16-2 run.
For the game, Hamline shot 54.7 per cent from the field and went 143-for-15 from the free throw line. They also had a season high 19 steals. Campbell's five thefts upped his league-leading total to 41. In addition, Levi Wenrich had four assists, becoming just the fifth player in school history to reach that plateau.
The Pipers have little time to rest on their laurels. They get a shot at one the teams ahead of them -- Augsburg -- Monday night at Si Melby Hall in Minneapolis (7:30 p.m.) . On Wednesday, they play at St. Thomas.