ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kobe Brown set career highs with 31 points and eight assists, and D’Moi Hodge added 20 points to lead Missouri to a 93-71 win over No. 16 Illinois in their annual neutral location contest Thursday night to lead.
Brown’s 31 points was the most in school history against Illinois.
Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 21 points and Matthew Mayer added 16, but Illinois (8-4) has lost two of three contests since beating then-No. 2 Texas on Dec. 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
DeAndre Gholston added 15 points and Ronnie DeGray III scored 10 points for Missouri (11-1), who had 32 points from 16 Illinois turnovers while the Illini had 10 points from 10 Tigers turnovers.
Missouri scored the first six points. Illinois rallied to take a 12-10 lead, but that was the Illinois’ last lead of the night.
Missouri then surpassed Illinois 41-15 for the remainder of the first half, including 15-0 and 10-0 runs.
Missouri opened their biggest lead of the night when Hodge hit a layup to put the Tigers 76-41 ahead with a 12-14 lead in the second half.
The announced attendance of 18,452 marks the first sellout at this matchup in St. Louis since 2017. The teams faced each other in Columbia, Missouri, in 2020 with no fans in attendance due to COVID-19.
Illinois: The Illini continue to struggle to find offense, with returning players on Brad Underwood’s roster accounting for just 13.9% of Illinois’ goals last season.
Missouri: The Tigers finished the game outside of conference with an 11-1 record under first-year coach Dennis Gates, with their only loss coming on Dec. 10 to No. 4 Kansas.
Illinois: Host Bethune-Cookman next Thursday in its final non-conference game before Big Ten play resumes.
Missouri: Hosts No. 19 Kentucky on Wednesday to open the SEC game.
https://fox2now.com/sports/college/missouri-upsets-no-16-illinois-93-71-for-braggin-rights-win/ Missouri upset No. 16 Illinois, 93-71, for the Braggin’ Rights win