If the season opener is any indication, it may be a wild and occasionally bumpy season ahead for the Hamline men's basketball team. Marshall Jestings (pictured) came off the bench to hit four free throws and contribute a steal in the a five second span to help the Pipers to a 92-86 overtime win over Wisconsin Lutheran before an exhausted crowd at Hutton Arena.
Hamline survived despite going just 13-for-27 from the free throw line and committing 19 turnovers. They balanced that out a ballhawking 17 steals and connecting for 13 three-pointers.
It was a wild ride from the getgo. The Warriors (0-2) hardly looked like a team that had struggled on offense the night before in a 63-51 loss at Macalester. They ran with the Pipers all day, leading most of the first half before a 10-2 run in the final two minute of the half pushed Hamline into a 46-43 intermission edge.
The Warriors worked themselves into a seven-point lead with 3:25 to go only to see HU rally back with a pair of three pointers (Ryan Welsh, Noah Aguirre) to tie matters at 78 and force an extra session.
In the OT, the Warriors scored the first five points only but Welsh cut the momentum down with a three-pointer to make it 83-81. It was 84-81 when Jestings, who came in the game after guards Wes Pinera fouled out, fed Aguirre for a layup to make it 84-83. He then stole a pass and Welsh scored to give HU the lead for good. Later, he contributed his four free throws and a steal to put the game out of reach.
Aguirre led the HU scoring with 20 points. Ford had 17 and Pannell, who was held to just 15 minutes playing time because of foul trouble (he fouled out in the second half) had 15. Welsh made a solid debut as well with a dozen points, including 3-for-3 from long distance.
Hamline hosts Wis-Eau Claire (1-1) Tuesday night at Hutton. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Lutheran boxscore