Mizzou defeats Illinois, wins second-straight Braggin Rights
ST. LOUIS - Mizzou basketball defeated Illinois, 63-56, Saturday afternoon to claim the Braggin Rights for the second year in a row.
After a tight first half, Mizzou took a 26-23 lead into the locker room.
As the second half started, though, Mizzou took control of the game.
The Tigers' defense was lights-out, holding Illinois without a field goal for the first 9 minutes of the second half.
Xavier Pinson and Javon Pickett were running the show for the Tigers in the second half. Pinson finished with 14 points and 4 rebounds, and Pickett had 17 points. Dru Smith added a team-high 19 points.
Mizzou claims it's second-straight Braggin Rights win. The Tigers had lost each of the previous five.
Mizzou is back in action on Monday, December 30, as it hosts Chicago State.