Final Score - Missouri 82, Illinois 73
The No. 12 Missouri Tigers scored their first marquee victory of the 2012-13 season by defeating the No. 10 Illinois Fighting Illini 82-73 in the Braggin' Rights game at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Saturday night.
Both teams played an up-tempo brand of basketball that featured 145 total shots, but the Tigers were too much inside for the Fighting Illini to handle. Missouri out-rebounded Illinois 48-30 and pulled down 17 offensive boards.
Senior forward Laurence Bowers paced Missouri with 23 points, while Oregon Ducks transfer Jabari Brown poured in 18 points and Alex Oriakhi turned in his fourth double-double of the season.
The Fighting Illini got a 23-point effort from senior guard Brandon Paul along with 12 points from sophomore center Nnanna Egwu.
Missouri has beaten Illinois each of the last four times the teams have met on the hardwood.