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                 === No. 12 Missouri downs No. 10 Illinois ===
 
 St.  Louis,  MO (Sports Network) -  Laurence Bowers had 23 points, 10 rebounds
 and  four assists, and the 12th-ranked Missouri Tigers posted an 82-73 victory
 over  the  previously-unbeaten No.  10 Illinois Fighting  Illini in the annual
 Braggin' Rights game.
 
 Jabari  Brown added 18  points and Alex Oriakhi scored 13 to go with 14 boards
 for the Tigers (10-1), who have won four straight in the series.
 
 Phil  Pressey ended  with 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds against the
 Fighting Illini but converted just 3-of-19 field goals.
 
 Brandon  Paul made 11 free throws on his way to 23 points for Illinois (12-1),
 which got 14 points from Tyler Griffey.
 
 Bowers  hit a jumper to put Missouri up 48-39 a little more than three minutes
 into  the second  half. Illinois fought back  and moved ahead 51-50 on a Tracy
 Abrams layup with 12:17 left.
 
 Joseph  Bertrand  made three  straight baskets  and two  free throws to extend
 Illinois' lead to a game-high five points at 62-57 with 8:05 remaining.
 
 Missouri responded with a 13-2 run and led 70-64 when Pressey got a floater in
 the lane to drop with 4:11 to play. Pressey had missed his first 15 shots.
 
 Griffey  drained a 3-pointer to pull the Fighting Illini within 72-70, but the
 Tigers scored seven straight points to seal the win.
 
 After Brown made 1-of-2 at the charity stripe, Bertrand missed a game-tying 3-
 pointer.  Pressey then fed Bowers for a dunk with 59 seconds left. On the next
 Illinois possession, Griffey failed to connect from beyond the arc.
 
 Pressey  hit a  layup and Brown made  two free throws after Paul's 3-point try
 was off the mark.
 
 The teams went back-and-forth for a large portion of the first half, with Paul
 sinking a trio of free throws to put Illinois up 31-29 with 4:29 remaining.
 
 But  Missouri  went on  a 12-2 run  before the Fighting  Illini closed out the
 frame with a fastbreak bucket, trimming their deficit to 41-35.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Tigers have won 25 consecutive games in December ... Missouri held a 58-35
 rebounding  edge ...  Illinois was 8-of-32 from 3-point range ... Both schools
 were ranked for the third straight year ... Nnanna Egwu had 12 points and nine
 rebounds for Illinois.
 
 12/22 21:20:44 ET

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