Bowers lifts No. 12 Missouri over No. 10 Illinois

Bowers lifts No. 12 Missouri over No. 10 Illinois
December 22, 2012, 8:53 pm
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Illinois' Brandon Paul, left, heads to the basket as Missouri's Phil Pressey defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


ST. LOUIS (AP) Laurence Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 12 Missouri over No. 10 Illinois 82-73 in the annual Braggin' Rights game on Saturday.

Alex Oriakhi added 13 points and 14 rebounds as Missouri (10-1) won its fourth straight in the 32-year-old series. Jabari Brown had 18 points and Phil Pressey handed out 11 assists.

Brandon Paul led Illinois (12-1) with 23 points. Tyler Griffey scored 14, Joseph Bertrand had 13 and Nnanna Egwu 12 for the Illini.

Missouri used a 9-0 run late in the game to take the lead for good at 70-64. Brown led the spurt with four points.

The Tigers held a 58-35 edge on the boards and outscored Illinois 44-24 in the paint.

Illinois, which leads the overall series 20-12, won nine meetings in a row from 2000-08.