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Updated: Saturday, December 21, 2002 11:24 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(12) Illinois 85, (10) Missouri 70
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
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MISSOURI TIGERS
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ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Freshman Dee Brown and senior Brian Cook made sure Illinois retained "Braggin' Rights" over Missouri for another year.

Brown scored 21 points and dished out seven assists and Cook contributed 17 points as the 12th-ranked Fighting Illini defeated No. 10 Missouri for the third straight year, 85-70.

Illinois (8-0) improved to 21-12 all-time against Missouri (6-1), including 3-0 under coach Bill Self. It took the lead for good, 15-13, on a 3-pointer by Luther Head 7:17 into the contest.

The Illini, who led at halftime, 39-32, pulled away early in the second half and took their biggest advantage, 83-64, on a layup by Sean Harrington with 2:08 to play.

Rickey Paulding scored 17 points, Ricky Clemons added 16 and freshman Jimmy McKinney a season-high 15 for the Tigers, who shot just 38 percent (20-of-53) while allowing the Illini to connect at 45 percent (27-of-60).

Illinois outrebounded Missouri, 42-32, and had more points in the paint, 30-20.

The Illini converted the Tigers' 13 turnovers into 19 points while Missouri scored only 11 points off 13 Illinois giveaways.


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