WASHINGTON D.C. -- The Wolverines suffered their first loss of the John Beilein era with a 74-52 defeat at the hands of No. 5 Georgetown Thursday night at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Freshmen guards Kelvin Grady and Manny Harris led the Michigan scorers with 16 and 13 points. The pair is now the only two Wolverines to tally double-digit points in each of Michigan's three regular season games.
Unlike each of the past two games, it was the Wolverines who fell behind fast on Thursday night. Taking control straight from the opening tip-off, the Hoyas jumped out to a 12-0 lead before an inside basket from Zach Gibson ended the Georgetown run.
Manny Harris answered with five straight points, including his first three-ball of the game, to claw the Wolverines back to 15-7, but the Hoyas answered with a 13-0 run that included 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc, including two from Austin Freeman.
With the lead extended to 28-7, Jevohn Shepherd ended the run with his first bucket of the game. Anthony Wright followed that up with his first triple of the game, but the Wolverines would add just seven more points in the first half as the home Hoyas cruised to a 43-19 lead through the first 20 minutes of play.
Kelvin Grady opened the second half with the first 11 points for the Maize and Blue. A pair of lay ups, jumpers, and a three-ball kept the Wolverines from falling behind by more points as the game sat at 52-30 with 13:15 left on the clock.
Georgetown extended its lead back to 26 points before Manny Harris countered with his first two buckets of the second half. Between Harris and Grady, freshmen scored 21 of the first 25 second half points for the Wolverines.
The two teams would essentially trade baskets over the final four minutes of the game as the Hoyas coasted to an easy 22 point victory.
Michigan's next game is scheduled for the first round of the Great Alaskan Shootout on Wednesday night. Michigan opens the tournament against Butler at 11:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
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