MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, a devastating blow for the Gophers.

Mbakwe's knee bent awkwardly when he was fighting for rebound position in Sunday's loss to Dayton during the championship game of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. He left the arena in tears and on crutches, and on Monday the university confirmed the diagnosis.

The senior will have surgery to repair the injury sometime in the next few weeks.

Mbakwe is Minnesota's leading scorer and rebounder, named to the Preseason All-Big Ten First Team last month.