Basketball Falls to 3-3; Loses 73-69

Michigan fell to 3-3 on the season with a 73-69 loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday night at the Great Alaskan Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska. Michigan had four scorers in double figures, but got just 10 points off the bench in the Michigan loss. Manny Harris led the Wolverines with 22 points.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Wolverines fell to 3-3 on the season with a four-point loss to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday night in the Wolverines final game of the Great Alaskan Shootout. Michigan finished the tournament 1-2.

Freshman Manny Harris led the Michigan scorers with 22 points. Western Kentucky's Courtney Lee also scored 22 points as the games two leading scorers.

As was the case all throughout the tournament, the Wolverines fell behind early. In the opening minutes, Western Kentucky jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead. Lee added two of his three triples early on.

Battling back and forth, the Wolverines took their only lead of the game with 12:52 left in the first half. Four points from Ron Coleman drew the Wolverines within 1 at 15-14, and a pair of Michigan free throws from Manny Harris put the Wolverines over the top. Zach Gibson extended the lead to 20-17, but it was a short-lived lead.

An 11-0 run put Western Kentucky on top 28-20 with just under eight minutes left in the half. After exchanging buckets for much of the final seven minutes, the Hilltoppers pushed the lead to 15. At the half, the Wolverines trailed 45-32.

Manny Harris led Michigan with 12 points in the first half. The Wolverines got zero points off the bench in the first 20 minutes.

The Wolverines played catch up for most of the second half. The final seven minutes of the game, the Wolverines made their run. Manny Harris sunk a pair of free throws to bring the Wolverines with seven points with 7:26 left.

Two more just minutes later, followed by a three-ball from Jerret Smith helped the Wolverines trim the lead to four. Michigan, however, wouldn't get close enough. Climbing within two points with under a minute to go, the Hilltoppers iced the game away with a jumper with just seconds left on the clock.

Michigan next returns to the floor for its Big 10/ACC Challenge match up with the Boston College Eagles. That game is scheduled for Wednesday night at 7:15. ESPNU will provide coverage of the game at Michigan's Crisler Arena.

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