Home Sports No. 16 Illinois is no match for Missouri in a 93-71 loss in the annual Braggin’ Rights game

No. 16 Illinois is no match for Missouri in a 93-71 loss in the annual Braggin’ Rights game

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ST. LOUIS — 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 upset of No. 16 Illinois in their annual Braggin’ Rights game Thursday night.

Brown’s 31 points were the most in school history against Illinois.

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Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 21 points and Matthew Mayer added 16, but Illinois (8-4) lost for the second time in three games since upsetting then-No. 2 Texas on Dec. 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

DeAndre Gholston added 15 points and Ronnie DeGray III had 10 for Missouri (11-1), which scored 32 points off 16 Illinois turnovers while the Illini managed 10 points off 10 Tigers turnovers.

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Missouri scored the first six points. Illinois recovered to take a 12-10 lead, but that was the last lead of the night for the Illini.

Missouri then outscored Illinois 41-15 for the remainder of the first half, including 15-0 and 10-0 runs.

Missouri opened up its largest lead of the night when Hodge hit a layup to put the Tigers up 76-41 with 12:14 remaining in the second half.

The announced attendance of 18,452 is the first sellout in this matchup in St. Louis since 2017. The teams faced each other in Columbia, Mo., in 2020 without fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois: The Illini play host to Bethune-Cookman on Thursday in their last nonconference game before resuming Big Ten play.

Missouri: Hosts No. 19 Kentucky on Wednesday to open SEC play.

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