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Missouri ends Braggin' Rights losing streak, wins 79-63

Missouri's Jeremiah Tilmon dunks as Illinois' Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) and Andres Feliz (10) watch during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jeremiah Tilmon and Javon Pickett, two players who once planned to play for Illinois, helped Missouri beat the Illini 79-63 on Saturday night at the Enterprise Center.

Tilmon scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Pickett added 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting for Missouri (8-3), which broke a five-game losing streak to Illinois (4-8). Tilmon and Pickett signed letters of intent with Illinois in high school, but they changed their minds after a coaching change and ultimately signed with Missouri.

Jordan Geist led the Tigers with 20 points.

Trent Frazier led Illinois with 28 points. Giorgi Bezhanishvili and Aaron Jordan added 10 points apiece.

Geist and Frazier carried their teams early. Frazier made 5 of 6 from 3-point range and had 17 points at halftime. Geist hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions and drew two charges to help the Tigers grab a 39-35 halftime lead.

Frazier put Illinois in front for the first time since the first half when he drove to the left block and kissed a shot off the glass with 7:43 left in the game. But Tilmon put Missouri right back in the lead at 58-56 with a dunk and free throw on the next possession, and the Tigers pulled away.

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