Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Braggin' Rights Highlights

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Braggin' Rights Highlights

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Biggest Broken Promise: Before the game, Kiel Center president Jud Perkins denied that building policy prohibited fans from standing and cheering. But well before halftime, Kiel Center workers were shouting Missouri fans down in one end zone. A hint: Fans do those things at big-time college basketball games.

Best Reason To Stand: Mizzou's Jason Sutherland. The South Dakota bulldog made the game look important whenever he gritted his teeth. He took out several photographers early in the second half with a dive that carried him several yards off the court. A few moments later, Sutherland went hard at defending Illinois' Kiwane Garris and was called for a foul. "What's up?!" Garris shouted at Sutherland.

Worst Sign Of Over-aggression: Sutherland got a little carried away midway in the first half. Garris broke for a layup and Sutherland hammered him hard from behind. He was called for an intentional foul, and that helped ignite an 11-2 Illini run.

Most Curious Absence: What happened to the statistics that should have appeared on the scoreboard?

Best Reason To Be Twins: Sammie and Simeon Haley had a combined five fouls in the first half.

Most Curious Absence, Part 2: Richard Keene's shot. The game proved a dreadful homecoming for Collinsville's favorite basketball son. He made his first two shots, including a 3-pointer to open the game. Keene missed 13 of 16 shots the rest of the game and finished with 12 points.

Best Homecoming: Julian Winfield, of Cardinal Ritter High, didn't score and fouled out in last season's Braggin' Rights game. He scored 15 points and had six rebounds Thursday. And his alley-oop slam must have felt oh so sweet.

Best Smile: The one Norm Stewart repeated throughout the first half every time he looked at an official who had whistled a Tiger for a foul.

Worst Story Line: Derek Grimm fielded several questions about playing for Missouri but hailing from Morton, Ill. What, did anyone expect him to say he felt bad about scoring 18 points against the Illini?

Best Question: After the game, a young boy approached either one of the Haleys with a pen and game program to seek an autograph. …

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