HU senior Charlie Choiniere (44) made the most out of opportunity. Given his first start in his three years here, Choiniere a native of Oakdale, Minn., responded with a career-high 16 points as Hamline overwhelmed St. Mary's from the start and recorded a 82-58 win Monday night at Hutton Arena. It was a balanced attack that saw three other Pipers also hit for double digits. Austin Johnson rammed in 14, Noah Aguirre delivered 13 (and a season high nine assists) and Dior Ford added 10, including a spectacular alley oop basket.
The Pipers (4-2 overall, 2-1 MIAC) came out gunning, taking a 9-0 lead in the first 2:22 of play. They kept up the pressure the entire half, leading by as many as 27 before heading into the locker room with a 47-24 advantage. In the second half, the margin stayed between 20 and 27 points all the way to the finish.
Hamline shot a blistering 60.3 percent from the field for the night. Choiniere was 8-for-10 despite only playing 18 minutes. Mindful that his team played on Saturday and has a game Wednesday at Augsburg, HU coach Nelson Whitmore had 11 players split time between 10 and 21 minutes.
On Wednesday, HU travels to Si Melby Hall in Minneapolis to face the undefeated Auggies (6-0, 3-0 MIAC). Game time is 7:30 p.m.
St. Mary's boxscore