ST. LOUIS | Missouri’s stay in the nation’s Top 25 rankings doesn’t look to last past next Monday’s polling of the Associated Press voters who currently rated the Tigers as the 25th best team in the land.
Heck, after nine minutes of the Demetri McCamey show, the voters were probably calling New York to see if they could alter their last vote.
Illinois 75, No. 25 Missouri 59.
The Illini have now won braggin’ rights in the hoops series that bears that privilege as a name nine straight times.
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And few of the nine have been as one-sided as the 2008 version.
McCamey - a 6-3 sophomore guard - hit his first five shots and three of those were three-pointers. By the 11:59 mark of the first half McCamey had 13 points, surpassing his season per game average of 12.4.
By the end of a half Illinois led 40-22, the 18 points scored by McCamey represented the full margin of that advantage.
The second half of the Braggin’ Rights Game at the Scottrade Center was a foregone conclusion. McCamey added only two more points, finishing with 20.senior guard Trent Meacham finished as the Illini scoring leader with 23 points.
And long before many in a late-arriving crowd of 19,586 left early, Missouri had kissed the momentum of a seven-game winning streak goodbye in falling to 9-2.
Illinois, a prime candidate to replace Mizzou in the AP Top 25 this week, improved to 11-1 with a fifth consecutive victory.
Leo Lyons led the way for Missouri with 22 points. Zaire Taylor finished strong for 11.
But MU leading scorer DeMarre Carroll scored only six points and Missouri hit only two of 18 three-point shots.
Illinois hit nearly everything, 29 of 51 overall, for 56.9 percent accuracy from the field.