A 15-0 advantage in fast break points has the undefeated Missouri Tigers in front of Illinois 41-30 at halftime. Illinois jumped out to a 7-2 lead before an 18-2 run had the Tigers on top 20-9 with 13:08 remaining in the half.
Phil Pressey did most of the damage finishing the first half with 13 points and four assists including a put back dunk at the end of the half. Michael Dixon came off the bench to score 11 points. Marcus Denmon chipped in six in the first half. D.J. Richardson led the way for the Illini with 10 points on 4-6 shooting.
Missouri finished the first half shooting over 50 percent from the field including 5-10 from down town. The Tigers were also a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line in the first half. The Tigers held Illinois to 43 percent shooting in the first half.