STrib: Gophers freshman big man Pharrel Payne gaining confidence in SoCal Challenge

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Per Marcus:

With leading scorer Dawson Garcia in foul trouble, the Gophers plan was clearly to establish the 6-foot-9 Park of Cottage Grove product in the post off the bench. Payne almost never left the floor and played 40 minutes.

Garcia hit the game-winning shot Monday, but Payne's basket pulled the Gophers within a point down the stretch in the extra period.

"It felt great knowing I could contribute to that win," Payne said. "I feel personally I grew with my confidence a lot. Playing those first few games I was a freshman not wanting to make mistakes and not playing freely."


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