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Both schools were ranked for the second straight year and eighth time in the 31-game series overall that Illinois leads 20-11.
Missouri seized control with a 17-2 run for a 19-9 lead with just over 13 minutes left in the half, then closed it out with six straight points capped by Matt Pressey's follow dunk on younger brother Phil's missed layup with 2.5 seconds to go.
Richardson had 10 of his 13 points at the half for Illinois, missed on the bonus with 29.2 seconds left and fouled Dixon on a drive with 1:24 to go.
Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon were among a sellout crowd of 22,087.
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