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Tigers fall to Illinois in Braggin' Rights game

Missouri lost the Braggin' Rights game for the 5th straight year, falling 70-64 to Illinois on Saturday night in St. Louis. (Josh Kurelac/KRCG13)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Trent Frazier scored a career-high 22 points and Leron Black added 20 to lead Illinois to a 70-64 win over Missouri on Saturday night.

The Illini (9-5) have won five straight games in the annual pre-Christmas showdown.

Kassius Robertson paced the Tigers (10-3) with 22 points. Jordan Barnett added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Illinois leads the overall series 25-12 in games played in St. Louis.

Mark Smith added 11 points for Illinois, which won its first six games before losing five of its next seven, and Michael Finke scored 10.

Black scored 13 first-half points as the Illini took a 20-point lead into the break. Frazier hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 53 seconds for a 42-22 cushion.

Illinois used runs of 9-0 and 10-0 to roll out to a 19-5 lead.

Missouri, which had a five-game winning streak snapped, missed 10 of its first 12 shots and committed 14 turnovers on its first 29 possessions over the initial 16-plus minutes.

The Tigers got to within 66-62 in the final minute.

But Frazier hit a pair of fouls shots with 25 seconds left to push the lead to six.

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