Illinois won the Braggin' Rights Game over Missouri, 68-63 in college basketball Wednesday night at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.  The Fighting Illini improve to 8-and-5 with its 5th win in a row.  The Mizzou Tigers drop to 5-and-6 with their 3rd straight loss.

 

* Illinois now has a 3-game winning streak over Missouri in the Annual Braggin' Rights Games in St. Louis.

 

Malcolm Hill led the Illini with 21 points.  He also pulled down 5 rebounds, handed out 3 assists, to along with 2 steals and a blocked shot. 

 

Kendrick Nunn had a double-double for the Illini with 19 points and 11 rebounds.  Michael Finke chipped in with 16 points on the night.  Missouri was led by Wes Clark who scored 21 points in a losing cause.

 

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce:

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The Illini led by 14 at halftime, 41-27.  They also led 50-30 with 16 minutes to play but missed 11 straight shots while the Tigers went on a 15-0 run to make it 50-45.  Illinois did not score for more than 9-minutes in the second half while the Tigers made their (15-0) run. 

 

* Illinois has a 3-game winning streak over Missouri in the Annual Braggin' Rights Games in St. Louis.  Illinois now leads the all-time series over Missouri, 30-to-16 dating back to 1932.  The Fighting Illini have a 23-to-12 advantage in the games vs. Mizzou in St. Louis.  The first meeting between the two teams in St. Louis was held on Dec. 10, 1980 (Illinois won, 84-62).    

** Next up for the Fighting Illini - the Big Ten Conference opener next Wednesday (Dec. 30) at home against Michigan.