Illinois snaps Braggin’ Rights skid in dominant fashion

Back in 2017, a baby-faced Trent Frazier and Da’Monte Williams played a minor role in Illinois’ victory over Missouri.

It should be noted that Frazier went OFF in that 2017 contest, making it his coming out party.

Four years later, the super seniors were the leaders of an Illini team that lost three games in the annual Braggin ‘Rights showdown, when Illinois beat Mizzou, 88-63, at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis Wednesday night.

It started early, as Illinois picked up where it left off over the weekend against St. Francis (PA) – when he set a schedule record and made 18 triples – and made his first four attempts from behind. the bow, including one by Frazier.

After the first televised timeout, Williams joined the veterans group and pickpocketed a Missouri guard 35 feet from the basket. While he missed the transition layup, Coleman Hawkins was right there to clean it up, part of a monstrous first half for the Illini, most notably Alfonso Plummer.

The move to Utah – in its first e alone Braggin ‘Rights game – was the hottest player on the pitch for the Illini (9-3, 2-0 Big Ten); Plummer finished with 22 points out of 8 out of 12 shooting.

While the last few years of reckoning have been marked by individual rivalries (i.e. Mark Smith, Jeremiah Tilmon, etc.), this year’s game lacked a lot of that flavor, even though the Tigers (6-6) went a long way. little to run the latter part of the first half.

But Illinois pulled back with a 14-point lead at half-time thanks to a three from Frazier.

Things got even better in the second half, with Plummer and Frazier leading the way for one of the best shooting teams in the nation. A 22-1 run and some Kofi Cockburn slams (25 points, 14 rebounds) helped the Illini double down on the Tigers at one point, en route to resounding victory and possibly the start of a new streak of streak wins. .


BACK TO THE PALACE: A year after the game was to be played in Columbia due to the pandemic, Illinois and Missouri met once again in the middle of St. Louis. Having played this game before, there really is nothing quite like it.

PERFECT NO MORE: After making his first 35 free throws of the season, Plummer missed one at halftime. He was nearing Kiwane Garris’ record (39 of 39, 1995).





The Illini have another week off before closing their no-conference program against Florida A&M next Wednesday, December 29th.

The tipoff is set for 20.00. The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.

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