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ST. LOUIS — Missouri closed the game down the stretch, outscoring Illinois 21-4 after Illinois took a one-point lead.

Javon Pickett and Jeremiah Tilmon were too much for the Illini to handle, leading Missouri to a 79-63 win to snap a five-game losing streak in the annual Braggin' Rights game.

Jordan Geist lead Missouri with 20 points and Pickett and Tilmon each had 16.

Trent Frazier lead Illinois with 28 points.

Game slipping away

Illinois has missed five straight free throws and Missouri is on a 17-2 run to break away with a 72-58 lead with 3:31 left.

Javon Pickett is killing Illinois. He's got 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting.

Missouri goes on 8-0 run

After Illinois put together a 10-2 run, Missouri is in the middle of an 8-0 run after a Javon Pickett 3-pointer.

Mizzou leads Illinois 63-56 with 6:22 left in the game.

Who else? Frazier gives the Illini a lead

Trent Frazier drove the lane and kissed the ball off the backboard to give Illinois a 56-55 lead with 7:34 left in the game.

Frazier has been an unstoppable force, scoring 26 points so far. Illinois is in the middle of a 10-2 run. 

No slowing Frazier

Illinois guard Trent Frazier is up to 22 points, but the Illini are struggling to stop Missouri. The Tigers lead 53-48 with 11:47 left in the game.

The intensity is picking up massively, including a nose-to-nose stare-down between Samba Kane of Illinois and Jeremiah Tilmon of Missouri.

Missouri leads Illinois early in second half

Illinois is struggling to get into an offensive rhythm, and Missouri leads 50-43 with 15:43 left in the game.

Ayo Dosunmu got his first points on a layup after playing five minutes in the first half.

The Illini are struggling with Missouri big man Jeremiah Tilmon, who has 11 points and eight rebounds. Javon Pickett is 4-of-4 from the field with nine points to go with three rebounds.

Illini trail 39-35 at the half

Trent Frazier leads all scorers with 17 points, going 5-of-6 from 3-point land for Illinois.

Jordan Geist leads Missouri, but the former Illini signees are playing a strong supporting role. Javon Pickett and Jeremiah Tilmon each have seven points and Tilmon has eight rebounds.

The Tigers are outrebounding Illinois 19-14 and are shooting 50 percent from the field compared to 45 percent for Illinois.

Missouri has 10 turnovers and Illinois has eight.

Big run gives Missouri lead late in first half

The Tigers went on a 10-0 run late in the first half to take the lead away from Illinois. The run was snapped by a Trent Frazier 3-pointer, his fifth of the game.

Missouri leads 39-35 with the ball and 17.2 seconds left in the first half.

Frazier powering the Illini

Sophomore guard Trent Frazier, who had 22 points in this game last year, had 14 early points to power Illinois. He's 4-of-4 on 3-pointers.

But the Illini can't generate any separation from Missouri, the game is tied 32-all with 3:54 left in the first half.

Jordan Geist has 11 points for Missouri and Jeremiah Tilmon has six points and six rebounds.

Geist catches fire

Missouri guard Jordan Geist hit three straight 3-pointers to give the Tigers a 21-17 lead over Illinois with 9:12 left in the first half.

Jordan triple extends lead

Aaron Jordan hit a wide open 3-pointer for Illinois to give the Illini a 15-10 lead over Missouri. Both teams have missed several shots after the 3-pointer.

Ayo Dosunmu will check in after the timeout after being on the bench since picking up his technical foul early in the first half.

There is 11:53 left in the first half. Missouri has six turnovers.

Intensity overload

There's back double technicals (Jordan Geist for Missouri and Ayo Dosunmu) and big runs in the first five minutes of a raucous crowd.

Illinois leads Missouri 12-10 with 14:56 left in the first half.

Trent Frazier as six and Andres Feliz has four for Illinois.

Mark Smith, who was heavily booed by Illinois fans, has three points and Jeremiah Tilmon has four points for the Tigers.

Starters announced

Illinois

Trent Frazier

Kipper Nichols

Ayo Dosunmu

Giorgi Bezhanishvili

Aaron Jordan

  • Dosunmu returns after a one-game suspension
  • Nichols has been in the starting lineup since the Illini traveled to Chicago against Ohio State. It's his eighth start overall, and fourth straight.

Missouri

Mark Smith

Jordan Geist

Jeremiah Tilmon

Kevin Puryear

Javon Pickett

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