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Memphis vs Siena

Jackson scores 18, No. 21 Memphis pushes past Siena

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Memphis used a balanced offense to wear down Siena.

Joe Jackson scored 18 points, Shaq Goodwin had 17 and the 21st-ranked Tigers 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," 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 Friday.

Siena (2-5) got 11 points from Brett Bisping. Leading scorer Rob Poole (15.5 points per game) was held to six on 3-of-15 shooting.

"I expected us to compete a little harder than that," Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. "I thought there were spurts we competed. They're a more talented team than us.

"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 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Lavon Long's layup got Siena to 52-41 just 3 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 3-pointer.

"My teammates just found me in some spots," Dixon said.

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 minutes into the game.

"The biggest thing is, he's playing above the rim, not at the rim," Pastner said.

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 6 minutes before the break.

Poole missed his first seven shots before making a layup late in the first half.

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Memphis moves one step closer to a rematch with OK State, which knocked off the Tigers earlier this season.  (USATSI)
Memphis moves one step closer to a rematch with OK State, which knocked off the Tigers earlier this season. (USATSI)

 
Scoreboard
Memphis #21 (3-1) «483987
Siena (2-5)312960
MEMP:J. Jackson 18 Pts
MEMP:S. Goodwin 10 Reb
MEMP:G. Johnson 4 Ast
SIENA:B. Bisping 11 Pts
SIENA:B. Bisping 12 Reb
SIENA:E. Hymes 5 Ast
 
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
MemphisSiena
MEMP
Shaq Goodwin
SIENA
Brett Bisping
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
1710011121
Memphis Tigers
J. Jackson, G277-103-522218
S. Goodwin, F278-101-5100017
G. Johnson, G272-64-63418
A. Nichols, F264-114-491012
C. Crawford, G150-20-01230
M. Dixon Jr., G216-80-001316
K. Iverson, G-F162-60-22324
N. King, G-F153-51-15007
D. Pellom, F80-11-23011
D. Wilson, G80-00-01010
D. Woodson, F50-30-00000
T. Draper, G20-00-00000
J. McDowell, G-F21-10-00002
A. Cole, G10-02-20002
H. Tsafack, FDid Not Play
M. Crawford, GDid Not Play
R. Powell, GDid Not Play
Totals 33-6316-2736131387
 52.4%59.3% 
Siena Saints
M. Wright, G324-100-33328
R. Poole, G263-150-03016
L. Long, G-F214-70-03058
I. Silas, C180-31-24231
M. White, G70-50-03030
B. Bisping, F284-82-2121411
E. Hymes, G274-130-045210
R. Oliver, G223-71-13119
M. Wolfe, F163-51-21017
R. Audu, G20-10-01010
M. Wilson, G10-00-00000
S. Cruz, GDid Not Play
M. Hopper, FDid Not Play
P. Cole, GDid Not Play
J. Merrill, FDid Not Play
J. Ogunyemi, FDid Not Play
Totals 25-745-1037122160
 33.8%50.0% 
American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Louisville15-331-6
Cincinnati15-327-7
Connecticut12-632-8
SMU12-627-10
Memphis12-624-10
Houston8-1017-16
Rutgers5-1312-21
UCF4-1413-18
Temple4-149-22
So. Florida3-1512-20

MAAC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Iona17-322-11
Manhattan15-525-8
Quinnipiac14-620-12
Canisius14-621-13
Siena11-920-18
Rider9-1114-17
St. Peters9-1114-17
Marist9-1112-19
Monmouth5-1511-21
Fairfield4-167-25
Niagara3-177-26
 
Other games
PUR 87 Final
OKST 97
KAN 87 Final
WAKE 78
MU 86 Final
CSF 66
XAV 74 Final
IOWA 77
UCLA 105 Final
NEV 84
CREIGH 88 Final
AZST 60