Illinois Upends No. 25 Missouri, 75-59
Dec. 23, 2008
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Demetri McCamey scored all but two of his 20 points in an almost perfect first half, helping Illinois manhandle No. 25 Missouri 75-59 on Tuesday night for its ninth straight victory in the annual Braggin' Rights game.
Leo Lyons had 22 points for Missouri (9-2), which flopped one day after cracking the Top 25 for the first time in nearly five seasons on the strength of a seven-game winning streak.
Illinois led by 20 points in the first half behind 55 percent shooting and cruised to its fifth straight victory overall.
Trent Meacham had 23 points with three 3-pointers and Mike Davis had 13 points and nine rebounds for Illinois (11-1), which won the previous two games in the series by a total of four points. The Fighting Illini shot 57 percent while beating a team that had been averaging 25-point blowouts during its winning streak.
The Tigers shot a season-worst 37 percent and were held well below their previous season low of 71 points.
Illinois took control early behind the hot hand of McCamey, who hit his first five shots and outscored the rest of his team 13-7 while fueling a 20-9 lead just over 8 minutes into the game. McCamey was 4-for-5 from 3-point range in the half three days after totaling seven points in a victory over Detroit, and had not scored in double figures in two of the three previous games.
Missouri trailed at halftime for only the third time after shooting 30 percent and missing all eight 3-point attempts and going without leading scorer DeMarre Carroll for 6 minutes after he injured his left ankle.
Carroll, who averages 17.6 points and seven rebounds, was held to six points and one rebound.
Illinois' 18-point halftime lead matched its bulge in an 82-50 victory in 2005, the most lopsided in the series. The lead grew to 24 points in the second half.