Smith scores 19 points as Missouri beats Illinois

Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin celebrates on the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in St. Louis. Missouri won 63-56. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Dru Smith scored 19 points, Javon Pickett added 17, and the Missouri Tigers beat the Illinois Fighting Illini 63-56 in the 39th Annual Braggin' Rights game.

Xavier Pinson also scored a career-high 14 points for the Tigers. Ayo Dosunmu scored 21 and Kofi Cockburn added 13 for Illinois, which had its two-game winning streak snapped.

This is Mizzou's third-straight win in the Braggin' Rights game.


Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu (11) heads to the basket past teammate Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) and Missouri's Reed Nikko (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)