(Terre Haute, IN)  —  Pharrel Payne finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, and three other players reached double-figures, but Minnesota (19-15) saw its season end with a 76-64 loss versus top-seeded Indiana State (30-6) in the Second Round of the N-I-T at the Hulman Center.  Payne made 7-of-13 field goals, scoring nine of his team-high 16 points in the second half, as Minnesota fought back from an 18 point first-half deficit to pull within three points with 11:46 remaining. But every time the Gophers made a run at the Sycamores, they had an answer in a game where they never trailed.  Mike Mitchell Jr. finished with 13 points, Cam Christie had 12 points and five rebounds and Elijah Hawkins had 10 points and Dawson Garcia added a team-high 12 rebounds, six points, and two blocked shots.  Minnesota ends its season with 19 wins, which is a 10-game improvement on its 2022-23 season total.

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