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Loss to Memphis drops Siena to 2-5

Loss to Memphis drops Siena to 2-5

Joe Jackson scored 18 points, Shaq Goodwin had 17 and No. 21 Memphis advanced to the semifinals of t

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Joe Jackson scored 18 points, Shaq Goodwin had 17 and No. 21 Memphis advanced to the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic by beating Siena, 87-60, on Thursday night.

Michael Dixon Jr. added 16 points for Memphis (3-1).

“Very happy for the win,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. “We don’t take wins for granted. I thought we played hard, thought we did some good things.”

The Tigers’ lone loss this season came against No. 5 Oklahoma State, a game the Cowboys won handily, 101-80, on Nov. 19. Memphis could get a rematch in the championship game of this event Sunday if both teams win tonight.

Siena (2-5) got 11 points from Brett Bisping, who also pulled down 12 rebounds for his first career double-double. Leading scorer Rob Poole (15.5 points per game) was held to six on 3-for-15 shooting.

“We battled, we did some good things,” Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “I asked us to be tough on the ball and not turn it over, and we turned it over too much.

“I had some guys wake up and realize you have to play at a high, high level. And you have to execute to win. We’re trying to win the MAAC in March, and I saw a lot of bad habits that I’m responsible for as the head coach, and I will do my best to break.”

After a slow start, Memphis grabbed a 48-31 halftime advantage as Goodwin and Dixon both scored 13 points. Jackson added 12, including a three-pointer just before the buzzer.

Lavon Long’s layup got Siena to 52-41 just 31⁄2 minutes into the second half.

Jackson had a three-point play to give the Tigers a 59-41 lead with 15 minutes to go. Dixon extended the advantage to 71-47 on a three-pointer.

“I expect us to compete harder than that,” Patsos said. “We could have competed harder for 40 minutes. We did in spurts.”

Siena held two-point leads four times early on, including 8-6 when Bisping scored on a layup.

Memphis took its first lead, 10-8, on Goodwin’s dunk 51⁄2 minutes into the game. Jackson’s first points, on a layup midway through the half, made it 18-12.

The Tigers went ahead, 32-18, when Dixon connected on his second long-range jumper six minutes before the break. Poole missed his first seven shots before making a layup late in the first half.

Evan Hymes joined Bisping in double figures with 10 points for the Saints. Behind Bisping and Hymes, Siena’s bench accounted for 37 points. Ryan Oliver had a career-high nine points and Michael Wolfe had a career-best seven.

Siena had 29 offensive rebounds (nine by Bisping) and scored 28 of its 60 points on second chances, but the Saints shot 34 percent from the field and got to the free-throw line just 10 times.

MEMPHIS (87)

Goodwin 8-10 1-5 17, Nichols 4-11 4-4 12, Jackson 7-10 3-5 18, C. Crawford 0-2 0-0 0, Johnson 2-6 4-6 8, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, King 3-5 1-1 7, Dixon Jr. 6-8 0-0 16, Pellom 0-1 1-2 1, Woodson 0-3 0-0 0, Iverson 2-6 0-2 4, Draper 0-0 0-0 0, Cole 0-0 2-2 2, McDowell 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 33-63 16-27 87.

SIENA (61)

Long 4-7 0-0 8, Silas 0-3 1-2 1, Wright 4-10 0-3 8, White 0-5 0-0 0, Poole 3-15 0-0 6, Audu 0-1 0-0 0, Oliver 3-7 1-1 9, Hymes 4-13 0-0 10, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Wolfe 3-5 1-2 7, Bisping 4-8 2-2 11. Totals 25-74 5-10 60.

Halftime—Memphis, 48-31. Three-point goals—Memphis 5-13 (Dixon Jr. 4-4, Jackson 1-3, Iverson 0-1, Nichols 0-1, Johnson 0-2, C. Crawford 0-2), Siena 5-19 (Oliver 2-5, Hymes 2-7, Bisping 1-1, Wright 0-1, Poole 0-5). Rebounds—Memphis 41 (Goodwin 10), Siena 47 (Bisping 12). Assists—Memphis 13 (Johnson 4), Siena 12 (Hymes 5). Total Fouls—Memphis 13, Siena 23. Fouled Out—Long.

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