In a game that saw nine lead changes and 12 ties, you figured it might come down to the last shot. Hamline's men's BB team wishes it hadn't. Andy Burns' jumper at the buzzer was the difference in Hamline's 69-67 loss to St. John's at Sexton Arena. The loss kept Hamline in sixth place with an 8-8 conference record (10-11 overall).
Tyler Pannell was a perfect 6-for-6 from the Free Throw Line and ended up with a game high 17 points. Al Tillman, whose basket with 10 seconds left tied the game, added 10. Mike Campbell had a relatively quiet day in the field (nine points) but was very helpful with six steals, the second time this season he had done this.
It was back and forth game all day. Down 20-19 with 4:53 left in the half, HU went on a 9-2 blitz fueled by two Tillman baskets for a 28-27 lead at halftime. Pannell had a three-pointer as part of a second half break from the gate that saw HU extend the lead to eight at 41-33. SJU then scored 10 of the next 12 points to regain the lead.
And so it went for most of the second half. SJU inched to a 64-58 only to see Dior Ford, Brandon Rieg and Tillman score in short order. SJU went back ahead 67-65 with 30 seconds to go. Tillman converted Rieg's pass for a layup to tie the game for the 12th and final time.
Hamline now heads home for a pair of game next week. Carleton visits Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) and Bethel, a game behind Hamline in the standings for the final playoff spot, come in on Saturday (3:00 p.m.).