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Missouri gets to brag

No. 9 Missouri’s Matt Pressey dunks in front of Tracy Abrams during a 78-74 victory over No. 25 Illinois. Missouri improves to 12-0.

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No. 9 Missouri’s Matt Pressey dunks in front of Tracy Abrams during a 78-74 victory over No. 25 Illinois. Missouri improves to 12-0.

ST. LOUIS — Phil Pressey had 18 points, five assists and two steals as No. 9 Missouri defeated No. 25 Illinois 78-74 on Thursday.

The Tigers have won three straight in the annual series, which is called Braggin' Rights and is played about midway between the campuses. And they are 12-0 for the first time since 1981-82, when they started 19-0.

Both schools were ranked for the second straight season and eighth time overall in the 31-game series, which Illinois (11-2) leads 20-11.

The Illini trailed by 13 in the second half before rallying and taking a 70-68 lead on D.J. Richardson's three free throws with 2:01 left.

But Missouri answered with seven straight, two inside baskets by Ricardo Ratliffe and a three-point play by Kim English.

No. 1 Syracuse 80, Tulane 61: James Southerland and Brandon Triche made two 3-pointers during a 19-0 run that closed the first half for the host Orange. Syracuse, which is 13-0 for the third straight season, made five 3-pointers during the run that gave it a 41-19 lead.

No. 2 Ohio St. 69, Miami (Ohio) 40: William Buford scored 18 for the host Buckeyes (12-1), who opened the game with an 11-0 run and the second half with a 15-4 run.

No. 3 Ky. 87, Loyola (Md.) 63: Kyle Wiltjer came off the bench to score a career-high 24 for the host Wildcats (11-1). Up five, they went on a 17-2 run early in the second half.

No. 8 UConn 79, Fairfield 71: Sha­bazz Napier scored 24 for the Huskies in Hartford. Fairfield cut a 22-point second-half deficit to three with 2:23 left. But Sean Crawford missed the front end of a one-and-one for the Stags. Then Ryan Boatright made a 3-pointer for UConn (10-1).

No. 10 Marquette 64, Wis.-Milwaukee 50: Junior Cadougan tied his career high with 15 points for the host Golden Eagles. Marquette (11-1) has won 39 straight against the Panthers, the second-longest active streak involving Division I teams (Syracuse 45 straight over Colgate).

No. 16 G'town 70, Memphis 59: Jason Clark scored 18 and Hollis Thompson 17 for the host Hoyas. Georgetown beat then-No. 8 Memphis 91-88 in overtime at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 23. The Hoyas (10-1) closed the first half with a 7-0 run and opened the second with a 19-6 run that made it 54-34.

No. 17 Indiana 89, Md.-Baltimore County 47: Matt Roth, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford led a 3-point blitz in the second half that carried the host Hoosiers. Indiana (12-0) entered first in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 47 percent. It made 2 of 14 in the first half in leading 37-23 then 9 of 13 in the second.

No. 18 Miss. St. 82, N'western St. 67: Arnett Moultrie had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double double of the season for the Bulldogs in Jackson, Miss. But Mississippi State (12-1) lost star forward Renardo Sidney to a strained patella tendon in his left knee. His status is unknown.

No. 19 Mich. St. 90, Lehigh 81: Keith Appling scored 19, including all 12 of his free throws, and had seven rebounds for the host Spartans (11-2).

No. 20 Michigan 77, Bradley 66: Evan Smotrycz had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the host Wolverines. Michigan (10-2) led 50-49 before going on a 21-7 run. Tim Hardaway highlighted it with an alley-oop dunk and a layup on its next possession.

No. 23 Creighton 87, N'western 79: Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 27 in the second half for the host Bluejays (10-1), who have beaten three Big Ten teams this season (Iowa and Nebraska). Tied at 58, Creighton's Jahenns Manigat made a 3-pointer. Ethan Wragge had a four-point play on their next possession.


Miami 76, Charlotte 61: Kenny Kadji had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Hurricanes. UM (7-4) made five straight 3s during a 21-10 run that put it up 60-43 with 8:06 left. It played without guard Malcolm Grant, its leading scorer, who left the team because of a death in his family.

Harvard 63, FAU 51: The host Crimson used a 16-2 run to pull away in the second half. The Owls (4-8) made just 20 of 52 shots to 21-of-38 for Harvard, whose only loss in 11 games this season came at UConn.

Bowling Green 61, FIU 53: Scott Thomas had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Falcons. His jumper and 3-pointer 1:10 apart put them up to stay at 46-42. The Panthers (3-9) made 9 of 28 second-half shots.

Bethune-Cook. 61, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 52: Adrian Coleman had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats in the Las Vegas Classic. The Wildcats (4-9), who ended a four-game skid, face Tennessee Tech today.

Women: FSU falls short

NASHVILLE — Christina Foggie scored 18 and Stephanie Holzer 17 to help No. 25 Vanderbilt beat Florida State 64-59. A basket by Chasity Clayton cut FSU's deficit to 62-59 with 20.3 seconds left. But Holzer's two free throws sealed it for Vandy (11-1).

Cierra Brevard scored four for FSU (6-6), ending a streak of 32 games in double figures.

No. 4 Stanford 90, Cal-Bakersfield 48: Joslyn Tinkle had career highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds for the host Cardinal (9-1), who made 10 of its first 14 shots.

No. 11 Ohio St. 79, Wash. St. 57: Samantha Prahalis scored 18 of her 20 in the second half for the host Buckeyes (13-0). Her 3-pointer with 11:38 left sparked a 17-1 run.

No. 13 Georgia 81, App. St. 37: Khaalidah Miller had 23 points and 11 rebounds as the host Bulldogs (10-2) rolled without point guard and second-leading scorer Jasmine James, who sat with a sore right knee.

No. 20 Purdue 73, IPFW 36: Courtney Moses scored 14 for the host Boilermakers (10-3). The Mastodons made 5 of 23 3-pointers.

No. 21 DePaul 93, Southern Ill. 67: Anna Martin scored 21 to lead five players in double figures for the host Blue Demons (12-2), who led by 36 2:37 into the second half.

No. 14 Louisville: Forward Monique Reid, a preseason All-Big East pick, is out for the season with a left knee injury.

Missouri gets to brag 12/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 12:21am]
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