The Gustavus men’s basketball team dropped its second straight conference contest with a 86-74 loss to Hamline on Wednesday night in St. Paul. Dan Schmidtknecht scored 20 points to lead the Gusties. Gustavus falls to 12-8 overall and 10-5 in conference play.
Seth Anderson’s jumper at the 9:58 mark of the first half gave the Gusties a 22-21 lead, but the Pipers would respond with a 15-0 run over the next three-and-a-half minutes to take a 36-22 lead with 6:32 left in the half. Gustavus would respond with a 6-0 run over the final two minutes and went to locker room trailing 45-35 at the intermission.
Gustavus rallied in the second half and cut the Piper lead to five points at 56-51 at the 10:50 mark, but Hamline responded with another big run outscoring the Gusties 13-3 over the next four minutes and pushing its lead back to 15 points at 69-54. Gustavus would get no closer than 12 points the rest of the game. Dan Schmidtknecht led Gustavus with 20 points, while Carl Hipp led Hamline with 23.