Turnover troubles sink Men's Basketball

Turnover troubles sink Men's Basketball

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 men's 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 the Tommies' 12-game overall win streak against the Pipers dating back to 2011 and halt a 1-23 run in the series.

UST, which has won 11 consecutive conference crowns, has lost back-to-back conference games for the first time since January 2005 when it fell at Hamline and at Gustavus.

The Pipers, who led 33-24 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.

St. Thomas is home Saturday to face St. John's (3 p.m.).