St. Louis, MO – Phil Pressey scored 20 points and handed out 74 win over No. 25 Illinois on Thursday.
The Tigers (12-0) trailed 70-68 with two minutes remaining, but closed the game with a 10-4 run to secure their first 12-0 start since the 1981-82 season.
Michael Dixon had 18 points in the win, while Ricardo Ratliffe added 14.
Brandon Paul posted a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Illini (11-2), losers of two of three. Joseph Bertrand also had 19 points, while Meyers Leonard added 14 points and 11 boards and D.J. Richardson finished with 13 points.