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No. 9 Missouri beats No. 21 Illinois 75-64

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ST. LOUIS — Laurence Bowers made a four-point play with a layup and two free throws after an intentional foul with 40 seconds to go, fueling a huge final minute for No. 9 Missouri in a 75-64 victory over No. 21 Illinois on Wednesday night.

Marcus Denmon had 15 points and Bowers added 13 for the Tigers (11-1), who won the Braggin' Rights game for the second straight year after dropping the previous nine. Justin Safford added 11 points.

Mike Davis had 17 points for Illinois (10-3), which has dropped two straight after getting upset by Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. Mike Tisdale, who committed the intentional foul when he pushed Bowers from behind, had 13 rebounds and nine points.

The Tigers scored eight points in a 9-second span of the final minute, going up by nine, and outscored Illinois 21-7 over the final 3:16.