Missouri men’s basketball and Illinois are playing for the 52nd time Wednesday night at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
Missouri has won the last three games in the series.
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Under 8: Cockburn exits
It’s never a good sign when the best player on the opposing team exits the contest with nine minutes remaining, but Cockburn did his work.
He exited to a standing ovation by Illinois fans after recording 22 points and 13 rebounds.
MU trails 77-42.
Under 12: Missouri is getting blown away, again
The Tigers’ inability to defend the 3-point shot is showing as Illinois has burst out to a 68-40 lead in the second half.
Cockburn is rolling with 17, while Illinois has hit 12 3-pointers to boot. It’s not looking good for the Tigers.
Under 16: Illinois is raining three’s
It won’t stop. Illinois cannot stop making 3-pointers.
The Illini came out of the half hitting two straight from beyond the arc, and just keep raining more. That led to a 21-1 run by Illinois as Missouri now trails the Illini 58-32.
It’s a reminder of the perimeter struggles that Missourihas.
HALF: Illini 40, Mizzou 26
Just when it looked like Missouri was going to have a chance to get back in the game, Illinois resumed shooting the lights out of the gym.
Trent Frazier hit a 30-foot 3-pointer that capped the first half and put Illinois up 15. The Tigers will have to dig themselves out of a hole again.
Brown leads the way for MU with 10; Alfonso Plummer and Cockburn both have 10 for Illinois.
Under 4: Mizzou is back in the game
An 11-0 run got Missouri right back into the game, and that’s without rivalry hero Javon Pickett doing his thing.
Tigers trail 31-25 but are on the verge of making it a single possession game after a Pickett steal led to an Illinois foul. Kobe Brown has 10 points for MU.
Under 8: Tigers show life
Missouri was struggling to get anything going but is showing some life halfway through the half.
A quick 6-0 run has Missouri down 29-18, capped by an and-one play by Ronnie DeGray, while Illinois has missed its last few shots. Cockburn is still leading the charge with eight points on the night.
Under 12: Illini take control
A quick 9-2 run by Illinois has Missouri down 23-10 at the under-12 timeout, as Cockburn is starting to heat up.
MU is 2-5 from 3-point range but is struggling to get into the paint. Kobe Brown’s aggressive play from against Utah is difficult to replicate thanks to Cockburn’s presence.
Under 16: Illinois can’t miss
Missouri and Illinois traded buckets back and forth, but the Illini aren’t blinking.
Illinois is 4-4 from 3-point range to start, as Missouri trails 14-8 at the under-16 media timeout.
The Tigers have limited Kofi Cockburn to start the game.
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This article originally appeared on Columbia Daily Tribune: Live scores and updates from Mizzou-Illinois basketball