MINNEAPOLIS -- Saint Mary's scored the first 14 points of the game Sunday, then watched its season end with a 63-55 loss to Minnesota in the second round of the NIT.

The Gaels (23-12) didn't allow a point until 6:50 was gone, but Minnesota recovered to take the lead at 29-28. The Gophers than went on a 12-0 run to move into the third round against Southern Mississippi. That game will be played in Minneapolis with the winner advancing to the tournament semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.

"We made shots early," Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said. "I'd rather have that 14-0 spread in the second half."

The Gophers (22-13) didn't score until the 13:10 mark of the first half on a layup by Maurice Walker. They fought back to tie the score at 19-19, then went ahead for the first time at 29-28 on a putback by Walker with 14:55 remaining.

Stephen Holt had 24 points as the only Saint Mary's player in double figures. Playing in his final game at Saint Mary's, Holt went 6-of-15 from the field and 9-of-11 from the free throw line to lead all scorers.

Saint Mary's was held 16 points below its average, and leading scorer Brad Waldow was limited to three points.

  • Cal is playing for a spot in the NIT quarterfinals on Monday night at Haas Pavilion against Arkansas. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

    The Bears (20-13) and Razorbacks (22-11) are meeting for the second time this season. Cal won 85-77 in November at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational in Hawaii.

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