Tigers slip past Illini

Missouri’s Kim English (bottom) watches as his shot falls after he was fouled by Joseph Bertrand of Illinois (right) during the second half of Thursday night’s game in St. Louis. Marcus Denmon of Missouri and Brandon Paul of Illinois look on.

Missouri’s Kim English (bottom) watches as his shot falls after he was fouled by Joseph Bertrand of Illinois (right) during the second half of Thursday night’s game in St. Louis. Marcus Denmon of Missouri and Brandon Paul of Illinois look on. Photo by The Associated Press.

ST. LOUIS — After a dominating 11-0 start to the season against mostly underwhelming competition, Missouri was faced with adversity for the first time this season Thursday night against Illinois.

Illinois roared back from a 14-point second half deficit to take the lead. But the Tigers withstood the Illini’s punch and came up with the key plays when they needed them to pull out a 78-74 victory.

“There at the end when we needed to make plays, we did a nice job of making plays,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said.

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