Michigan Vs. Western Illinois: Wolverines Win Close One 59-55

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Michigan Vs. Western Illinois Final Score: Wolverines Win Close Game 59-55

The Michigan Wolverines can now boast a 3-0 record to start their season and can officially look ahead to a tournament field that includes ranked teams like the Memphis Tigers, Duke Blue Devils and Kansas Jayhawks. Michigan came out with a win over the Western Illinois Learthernecks on Thursday night, taking home a very closely contested contest with a final score of 59-55.

Through one half, the game was tied at 28-28, with Michigan at one point holding an eight-point lead, but other than that, was very close. After Western Illinois came back to tie it at 18-all, the two teams exchanged baskets through the remainder of the half, and Michigan would even have went into halftime with a one-point deficit if not for a free throw attempt at the end of the first.

Ceola Clark III led the way with 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal for the Leathernecks, going six for 12 and four for nine on his three-point attempts. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists and went six for nine and one for four in three-point attempts.

Western Illinois falls to 0-2 to start their college basketball season, while 3-0 Michigan will go on to take on Memphis on Nov. 21.

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Michigan Vs. Western Illinois Score Update: Halftime Has Game Tied At 28-28

We've got a close one in Michigan as the Wolverines host the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Thursday. At halftime, the game is all tied up at 28-28, thanks to a free throw made by Tim Hardaway Jr. near the end of the first half to tie it up. Michigan jumped out to a pretty good lead early on, holding an eight-point advantage just over ten minutes into the first half when the score was 18-10 in their favor, but Western Illinois quickly came back to tie it up and the team's went on to exchange baskets for the remainder of the half.

Leatherneck Ceola Clark III is leading the way with 11 points, a rebound, two assists and a steal, while Michigan's Trey Burke has nine points and two assists. Both teams have kept the play extremely tight and close through one half and its anyone's guess as to how this ends up. Michigan is heavily favored in this game and is looking at hard tournament schedule ahead, but they'll first need to break this tie before thinking ahead.

You can turn the game on ESPN3 to follow along.

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Michigan Vs. Western Illinois: Time, TV Schedule, Preview And More

The Michigan Wolverines will play the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Thursday night. The Tim Hardaway Jr. led squad is gearing up for its trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational next week.

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