Illinois edges Mizzou in Braggin’ Rights game

Updated: December 21, 2013

St. Louis, MO ( – For the first time in five years, Illinois
has bragging rights over Missouri.

It came with the added bonus of ending the Tigers’ unbeaten season.

Tracy Abrams scored 22 points, the last two on a pair of foul shots with 4.6
seconds remaining that lifted Illinois to a 65-64 win over No. 23 Missouri in
the Braggin’ Rights game on Saturday.

In a thrill-a-possession finish, Missouri took the lead twice on 3-pointers by
Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown and Jon Ekey drained a 3 that moved Illinois in

Abrams lost the ball out of bounds on a spin move in the lane but was fouled
by Johnathan Williams on the play and made both tries at the line for the
winning points.

Missouri botched the ensuing inbound pass, which went off Jordan Clarkson, and
Tony Criswell missed a long 3-point try just over midcourt at the buzzer.

The Illini (10-2) snapped a four-game losing streak in the rivalry and handed
the Tigers (10-1) their first loss of the season. Clarkson led Missouri with
25 points.