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The Telegram
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Siena beaten by Memphis at Old Spice Classic

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  • LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Memphis coach Josh Pastner has a message for the Siena administration about its basketball coach.
    “Jimmy Patsos, I think Siena should give him a lifetime contract," Pastner said after No. 21 Memphis beat the Saints 87-60 on Thursday night at the Old Spice Classic.
    “He’s the best. His teams play so hard. If I’m Siena’s president, I would lock Coach Patsos up right now. I wouldn’t wait. That program is going to get to where you’re consistently going to the NCAA tournament. And eventually you’re going to have a lot of these elite schools calling for him.”
    Still, the Saints (2-5) were no match for Memphis.
    Siena got 11 points from Brett Bisping, but leading scorer Rob Poole (15.5 points per game) was held to six on 3-of-15 shooting. Poole missed his first seven shots before making a layup late in the first half.
    “I expected us to compete a little harder than that,” Patsos said. “I thought there were spurts we competed. They’re a more talented team than us.”
    Patsos said the game was a wakeup call for his players.
    “I had some guys wake up and realize you have to play at a high, high level,” he said. “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.”
    Joe Jackson scored 18 points and Shaq Goodwin had 17 as Memphis (3-1) advanced to the semifinals. Michael Dixon Jr. added 16 points.
    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 Friday.
    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 3 1/2 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.
    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 5 1/2 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.
    MEMPHIS 87, SIENA 60
    MEMPHIS (3-1) — 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; 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; Cole 0-0 2-2 2; McDowell 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 33-63 16-27 87.
    Page 2 of 2 - SIENA (2-5) — 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; Wolfe 3-5 1-2 7; Bisping 4-8 2-2 11. Totals: 25-74 5-10 60.
    Halftime — Memphis 48, Siena 31. Three-pointers — 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). Fouled Out — Long. Rebounds — Memphis 41 (Goodwin 10); Siena 47 (Bisping 12). Assists — Memphis 13 (Johnson 4); Siena 12 (Hymes 5). Total Fouls — Memphis 13; Siena 23. Attendance — N/A.
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