Wolverines Stumble Against Northwestern

The University of Michigan basketball team fell to 5-11 in Big 10 action with a 62-60 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats on Tuesday night at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Manny Harris led the Michigan scorers with 17 points, but Northwestern's Craig Moore was the story of the game with 25 points on eight three-pointers.

Ann Arbor -- Michigan battled back from a 19-point deficit in the first half to take its first lead of the game in the final moments, but the Maize and Blue were unable to hold on as the Northwestern Wildcats escaped Crisler Arena with their first Big 10 win of the season, a heartbreaking 62-60 decision over the Wolverines.

Michigan claimed the lead for the first time of the game at 60-59 with a pair of Manny Harris free throws as 1:52 remained on the clock, but Wildcat Craig Moore drained his eighth three-point shot of the contest on the ensuing possession to kill the Wolverines momentum and dreams of a come-from-behind win.

Michigan turned the ball over on the their next possession, and neither team would score again as the Wildcats held on for the two-point win, their first conference win in over a full calendar year.

"(It's) pretty obvious the start dug us a pretty big hole and (Northwestern guard Craig) Moore was on fire; he has done that a couple of times this year. This is the exact same game they played at Iowa and the exact same game they just played against Indiana. I don't know if any of you got to see those games but they deserved to win either one," John Beilein said.

"This time of the year you don't want to lose at home, but the sun will come up and we will say, 'How much better can we get from that one?' Were going to learn and were going to get better from it."

Northwestern jumped out to a blazing hot start on the offensive side of the court, skyrocketing to a 16-2 lead over the Wolverines in the first five minutes of the contest. Hot-shooting guard Craig Moore drilled fourth consecutive three-balls to lead the charge.

Michigan drew within 16-12 with 12:55 left in the opening half, but that was a close as Michigan would get until late in the contest. Manny Harris, DeShawn Sims and Anthony Wright contributed to the run, but the Wildcats countered with a 20-5 run that found the home Wolverines down 19 points with 4:32 left in the half.

Michigan finished the half on an 8-0 run and trailed Northwestern 36-25 at the half.

The Wolverines continued trimming that lead as C.J. Lee came off the bench in the second half and sparked a run that saw the Wolverines trim the lead to as few as one point at 49-48 with 6:36 left on the clock.

Lee finished with eight points and an assist in the second half for the Wolverines. The eight points is a new career high for the former walk-on guard.

After a brief moment where the score was knotted 50-50, the Wildcats pulled back out to a six-point lead in the final minutes of the second half. Anthony Wright answered with a pair of free throws, and Harris connected with a three-ball to trim the lead back to one.

On Michigan's next possession, a pair of Harris free throws game Michigan its only lead of the game at 60-59 with 1:15 left on the clock.

Northwestern hit the game-winning triple on its next possession.

Michigan next returns to the floor for a Saturday afternoon game in State College, Penn., against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Big 10 Network is scheduled to televise the game with an 8:00 p.m. start time.

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