In a game that featured 190 points and 56 fouls, it was a five-minute segment late in the first half that mattered the most. Augsburg scored 16 unanswered points in that stretch, turning Hamline's 34-30 lead into a 46-34 deficit. And it turned out to be too much to overcome.
The Pipers lost the hotly contested game, 99-91, and fell to 8-7 in the MIAC, 10-10 overall.
Levi Wenrich hit his first five shots from the field and led Hamline's offense with 13 points. Mike Campbell added 12 and Victor Easter contributed 11. Wenrich and Easter also added four steals. But it couldn't offset a 34-48 rebounding edge.
Hamline trailed 46-37 at halftime. They fell down by as many as 19 points before rallying to close to the final margin of eight points. The Pipers shot well for the game (46.5%) but the Auggies, who are now tied for third place (and just two games out of first place) shot 72% in the second half and 59.6% for the game.
Hamline is currently in sixth place in the MIAC, the final playoff position. However, they
are just a half-game behind St. John's and can do something about that
Saturday when they travel to Collegeville for a 3:00 p.m. game.
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