Missouri blew a 14 point lead but came from behind in the games final minutes to hold off Illinois 78-74 to remain undefeated on the season. Illinois took a 70-69 lead with just 2:01 remaining in the game after D.J. Richardson sank three free throws after being fouled by Matt Pressey on a three-point attempt.
Missouri would answer quickly with a Ricardo Ratliffe layup and then a Michael Dixon steal that led to a Kim English three point play for a 74-70 Missouri lead. The Illini would get no closer than three points the rest of the way with Michael Dixon icing the game at the free throw line with just three seconds remaining.
Phil Pressey led the tigers with 20 points and five assists in the game. Michael Dixon came off the bench to score 18 points and also chipped in four assists. Ricardo Ratliffe finished with 14 points and four rebounds.
Brandon Paul and Joseph Bertrand each finished with 19 points for Illinois. Bertrand was a perfect 9-9 from the field. Meyers Leonard finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds while D.J. Richardson tossed in 13 points in the loss. Illinois out rebounded the Tigers 32-26 in the game.
The win improves Missouri's record to 12-0 on the season which is the team's best start in 30 years.