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Illinois vs Missouri

Missouri upends No. 10 Illinois

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ST. LOUIS -- After a long wait, Jabari Brown is finally feeling like part of the Missouri basketball program.

Making his first start of the season, Brown had 18 points and seven rebounds Saturday to lead the 12th-ranked Tigers to an 82-73 win over No. 10 Illinois in the annual Braggin' Rights game.

Laurence Bowers paced Missouri (10-1) with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Alex Oriakhi added 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Phil Pressey had 12 points and 11 assists to help the Tigers win their fourth straight in the 32-year-old series.

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Brown, a transfer from Oregon, became eligible after the first semester and made his initial appearance Monday in a 102-51 win over South Carolina State.

A blue-chip recruit, he made the most of his first starting assignment Saturday.

"It was fun. I'm part of the family now," he said.

Brown anxiously watched from the sidelines as the Tigers rolled out to an 8-1 record without him. After becoming eligible, he has worked hard to make up for lost time.

"I wanted to prove I could play right away and fit in any way I can," Brown said. "I spent a lot of time practicing and getting used to things and the way they play here.

"Now, I'm finally feeling comfortable."

Brandon Paul led Illinois (12-1) with 23 points. Tyler Griffey scored 14, Joseph Bertrand had 13 and Nnanna Egwu 12 for the Illini.

Missouri used a 9-0 run late in the game to take the lead for good at 70-64. The Tigers held a 58-35 edge on the boards and outscored Illinois 44-24 in the paint.

Illinois, which leads the overall series 20-12, won nine meetings in a row from 2000-08 before Missouri began its winning streak.

Brown triggered a key 9-0 spurt that erased a three-point deficit and put the Tigers ahead 70-64. He had four points and two rebounds during the 2:31 span.

Brown scored from close range off a perfect pass from Earnest Ross to increase the lead to 68-64. Pressey added a short jumper seconds later to complete the run.

Oriakhi, who had his fourth double-double of the season, was impressed with Brown's effort.

"He's unbelievable. He did a little bit of everything tonight," Oriakhi said. "I can't believe he's fit in so fast. He's one of us now."

Brown played in two games at Oregon last season before deciding to transfer. He watched last season's Braggin' Rights game from his home in Oakland and was intrigued by the atmosphere, which annually features a sellout crowd with the fans divided equally between the schools.

"I had visited (Missouri) and really hadn't made a decision, but I thought, if I choose (Missouri), that's going to be a fun game to play in," Brown said.

Missouri coach Frank Haith was more than pleased with the performance of his new addition. He immediately moved Brown into the starting lineup after a 12-point performance against South Carolina State, in which Brown excelled defensively.

"It was all about our balance," Haith said. "And he can do a lot of things."

The physical game against Illinois featured 19 lead changes, 35 fouls and 43 free throws.

"They've got a lot of depth and they've got size," Illinois first-year coach John Groce said. "They're good now. They've got a chance to get even better moving forward."

The Tigers scored 12 of the final 16 points in the first half to take a 41-35 lead into the break. Illinois reeled off eight unanswered points midway through the second half to go up 51-50 on a driving layup by Tracy Abrams. The Illini took their biggest lead of the second half, 64-61, on a baseline jumper by Egwu with 6:43 remaining.

But the Missouri defense took over from there, forcing seven successive Illinois misses. Brown, Ross, Tony Criswell and Pressey chipped in with key baskets.

Illinois managed only three field goals in the final 3:29.

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Missouri's Laurence Bowers goes up for 2 of his 23 points against Illinois. He also grabs 10 rebounds. (AP)
Missouri's Laurence Bowers goes up for 2 of his 23 points against Illinois. He also grabs 10 rebounds. (AP)
Scoreboard
Illinois #10 (12-1)353873
Missouri #12 (10-1) «414182
ILL:B. Paul 23 Pts
ILL:N. Egwu 9 Reb
ILL:B. Paul 5 Ast
MIZZOU:L. Bowers 23 Pts
MIZZOU:A. Oriakhi 14 Reb
MIZZOU:P. Pressey 11 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
IllinoisMissouri
ILL
Brandon Paul
MIZZOU
Laurence Bowers
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
238523104
Illinois Fighting Illini
D. Richardson, G363-130-02337
B. Paul, G355-1811-1485423
N. Egwu, F-C355-112-390212
T. Griffey, F255-80-021314
T. Abrams, G192-90-03144
J. Bertrand, G305-112-230313
S. McLaurin, F140-30-02020
M. Henry, G-F50-10-00000
D. Langford, G-F10-00-00000
K. Berardini, GDid Not Play
I. Djimde, F-CDid Not Play
M. Shaw, FDid Not Play
M. LaTulip, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-7415-1929102173
 33.8%78.9% 
Missouri Tigers
P. Pressey, G393-196-6711212
J. Brown, G355-105-670218
L. Bowers, F3010-202-3104223
A. Oriakhi, F285-103-3140013
K. Bell, G110-01-22031
E. Ross, G293-81-26128
T. Criswell, F223-51-25037
N. Webster-Chan, G60-10-00000
M. Dixon, Jr., GDid Not Play
D. Feldmann, FDid Not Play
D. Bull, GDid Not Play
C. Haith, GDid Not Play
S. Jankovic, FDid Not Play
R. Rosburg, FDid Not Play
Totals 29-7319-2451161482
 39.7%79.2% 
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wisconsin0-06-015
Illinois0-05-075
Maryland0-05-0148
Ohio St.0-04-013
Northwestern0-05-170
Penn St.0-05-1152
Purdue0-05-1215
Indiana0-04-1225
Michigan0-04-126
Michigan St.0-04-138
Nebraska0-03-172
Iowa0-04-254
Minnesota0-03-2261
Rutgers0-02-2305

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky0-06-029
Arkansas0-04-040
Miss. State0-04-046
Vanderbilt0-04-0211
Alabama0-04-131
Georgia0-03-1122
Ole Miss0-03-1281
Texas A&M0-03-1223
Tennessee0-02-1280
Auburn0-03-2229
Florida0-03-260
LSU0-03-24
Missouri0-03-3176
S. Carolina0-03-393
 
Other games
AMER 48 Final
GU 65
MCNS 63 Final
UNC 97
TEMP 83 Final
SYR 79
TNTC 42 Final
OKST 78
EVAN 67 Final
BUT 75
UT 56 Final
MIST 67
SDST 70 Final
NMEX 65
STBN 73 Final
NCST 92
WRST 58 Final
CIN 68
KAN 74 Final
OHST 66
SDSU 80 Final
SF 58
LAFAY 50 Final
MINN 75
FLA 61 Final
KSU 67
WKY 55 Final
LOU 78
CAN 74 Final
UNLV 89
ARIZ 73 Final
ETSU 53