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Hill scores 21, Morgan adds 19, Illinois tops Missouri 75-66

ST. LOUIS (AP) As a timid freshman, Illinois forward Malcolm Hill wasn't sure he would be able to make much noise in the annual rivalry game with Missouri.

''I was 190 pounds and I thought, `there's no way I would be able to hang with these guys,''' Hill recalled.

Fast forward four years.

Now, a chiseled 225 pounds, Hill did more than just hang on Wednesday. He took over.

The 6-foot-6 senior scored 21 points, on 6-of-12 shooting, and Maverick Morgan recorded his second successive double-double to lead Illinois to a 75-66 win over Missouri on Wednesday night. Morgan hit 7 of 8 free throws and finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.

Hill, a St. Louis-area native, fashioned his second successive strong performance against Missouri on the way to finishing his career unbeaten against the Tigers.

''It's special, it's awesome,'' Hill said. ''Not too many people can say they went 4-0 against Missouri.''

He had 21 points and five rebounds in a 68-63 win over Missouri last season.

This time around, Hill helped the Illini out to an early 15-5 lead and then played a key role in holding off a pair of Missouri rallies that trimmed the deficit to four in the second half.

Jalen Coleman-Lands scored 12 for the Illini (10-3), who have won six in a row overall and the last four in the border series.

Kevin Puryear led Missouri (5-6) with 17 points. Terrence Phillips had 14 points and Jordan Geist added 12.

Illinois shot 61.5 percent in the first half on the way to a 39-29 lead.

Hill's second 3-pointer of the night put Illinois up 58-49 with just over 12 minutes left.

Missouri charged back to within 63-59 on a pair of foul shots by Reed Nikko. But Michael Finke answered with a free throw and a 3-pointer to push the lead to 67-59.

The Tigers trailed by at least six the rest of the way.

Illinois hit 10 of its first 15 shots to take control early as Missouri missed 10 of its first 12.

Illinois has won 24 of 36 games since the series was moved to St. Louis.

''I'm proud of our guys,'' Illinois coach John Groce said. ''They showed some poise. We had some quality possessions down the stretch.''

Morgan converted an old-fashioned 3-point play early in the second half to stretch the lead to 49-39.

''He's been a beast,'' Hill said.

Missouri managed to overcome a slow start with a solid second-half performance that impressed coach Kim Anderson.

''The first half they came out and punched us a little bit,'' Anderson said. ''But I thought we played well in the second half.''

Anderson was not pleased with his team's shooting. The Tigers missed 24 shots in the second half and have hit 41.1 percent or less in their last six games. He indicated that there might be some changes in the starting lineup around the corner.

''We're just not shooting the ball well,'' Anderson said. ''When that happens, you've got to mix it up a bit.''

Puryear agreed, ''We got some good looks, we just have to knock them down.''

BIG PICTURE

Illinois: The Illini won nine successive games against Missouri from 2000-2008, the longest streak in the 36-year history of the event. The series has featured five one-point games.

Missouri: The Tigers' three-game losing streak is their longest of the season. The series drew at least 19,586 fans from 1994-2014, but only drew 12,409 on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Illinois: The Illini open Big Ten Conference play on Dec. 27 at Maryland.

Missouri: The Tigers host Lipscomb on Dec. 29 before opening Southeast Conference play at home against LSU on Jan. 4.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 3 Terrence Phillips made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Geist 7.0
+ 1 Maverick Morgan made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
+ 3 Terrence Phillips made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Geist 7.0
+ 1 Maverick Morgan made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
+ 3 Terrence Phillips made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Geist 7.0
+ 1 Maverick Morgan made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
+ 1 Maverick Morgan made 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Jordan Geist 15.0
  Defensive rebound by Maverick Morgan 15.0
  Frankie Hughes missed 3-pt. jump shot 17.0
  Offensive rebound by Jordan Barnett 20.0
Team Stats
Points 66 75
Field Goals 22-61 (36.1%) 24-49 (49.0%)
3-Pointers 6-19 (31.6%) 7-17 (41.2%)
Free Throws 16-21 (76.2%) 20-30 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 29 38
Offensive 6 6
Defensive 21 30
Team 2 2
Assists 9 11
Steals 4 3
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 8 15
Fouls 22 21
Technicals 1 1
17 PTS, 9 REB
21 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Missouri 5-6 293766
home team logo Illinois 10-3 393675
Team Stats
away team logo Missouri 5-6 67.2 PPG 38.4 RPG 11.1 APG
home team logo Illinois 10-3 72.7 PPG 36.1 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
24
K. Puryear F 7.1 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.2 APG 41.5 FG%
00
M. Hill G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Puryear F 17 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
M. Hill G 21 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
36.1 FG% 49.0
31.6 3PT FG% 41.2
76.2 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Puryear 17 9 0 5/10 0/1 7/9 2 30 0 0 3 2 7
T. Phillips 14 4 0 5/12 3/5 1/2 2 29 1 0 1 0 4
R. Woods 7 4 2 3/4 0/0 1/2 3 24 0 0 1 1 3
C. VanLeer 5 1 3 2/8 1/4 0/0 5 35 1 0 1 0 1
F. Hughes 3 0 1 1/11 1/5 0/0 2 21 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Puryear 17 9 0 5/10 0/1 7/9 2 30 0 0 3 2 7
T. Phillips 14 4 0 5/12 3/5 1/2 2 29 1 0 1 0 4
R. Woods 7 4 2 3/4 0/0 1/2 3 24 0 0 1 1 3
C. VanLeer 5 1 3 2/8 1/4 0/0 5 35 1 0 1 0 1
F. Hughes 3 0 1 1/11 1/5 0/0 2 21 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Geist 12 2 2 4/6 0/1 4/4 4 17 1 0 0 0 2
J. Barnett 4 2 0 1/6 1/3 1/2 0 15 0 1 1 2 0
W. Jackson 2 3 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 1 2
R. Nikko 2 2 1 0/1 0/0 2/2 2 14 0 1 0 0 2
K. Walton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
M. Smith 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
T. Glassman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wolf - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Kemp - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Rau - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 27 9 22/61 6/19 16/21 22 200 4 2 8 6 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Hill 21 5 2 6/12 2/4 7/10 2 35 0 1 0 0 5
J. Coleman-Lands 12 3 1 4/8 2/5 2/2 2 33 0 1 2 0 3
M. Thorne Jr. 8 0 1 4/5 0/0 0/2 2 16 0 0 2 0 0
T. Abrams 3 3 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 5 13 0 0 3 0 3
L. Black 0 6 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 4 17 1 0 2 1 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Hill 21 5 2 6/12 2/4 7/10 2 35 0 1 0 0 5
J. Coleman-Lands 12 3 1 4/8 2/5 2/2 2 33 0 1 2 0 3
M. Thorne Jr. 8 0 1 4/5 0/0 0/2 2 16 0 0 2 0 0
T. Abrams 3 3 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 5 13 0 0 3 0 3
L. Black 0 6 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 4 17 1 0 2 1 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Morgan 19 11 1 6/11 0/0 7/8 2 24 0 0 1 4 7
J. Tate 5 1 6 1/3 0/1 3/6 2 30 1 0 1 0 1
M. Finke 4 7 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 23 1 1 2 1 6
D. Williams 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 6 0 0 1 0 0
T. Lucas 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
A. Austin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Liss - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jordan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Nichols - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 36 11 24/49 7/17 20/30 21 200 3 3 15 6 30