Hamline men snap long dry spell at St. Thomas

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Guard Zach Smith scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half and the visiting Pipers (4-3 overall, 1-2 MIAC) pulled away for a 74-61 MIAC basketball win over No. 21-ranked St. Thomas (4-3, 1-2) Wednesday night at Schoenecker Arena.

Hamline was winless in its previous 38 games on the St. Thomas campus in both the old Schoenecker Arena and new Schoenecker. HU head coach Jim Hayes, a former St. Thomas assistant, saw his team end a 12-game losing streak to the Tommies.

UST has lost back-to-back conference games for the first time since January 2005.

The Pipers, who led by nine at halftime, shot 49 percent from the floor and iced the game by converting 15-of-20 at the foul line.

Ryan Boll had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Tommies, who had a season-high 18 turnovers and converted just 6-of-22 from 3-point range. Grant Shaeffer added 10 points, seven boards and five assists.