Defense Propels Memphis to 87-60 Win Over Siena
Nov. 28, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - No. 21/19 University of Memphis men's basketball team (3-1) forced 20 turnovers and held Siena (2-5) to 34 percent shooting from the floor to post an 87-60 win in the first round of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday night.
Joe Jackson led the Tigers with 18 points while Shaq Goodwin totaled 17 points and 10 boards for his second career double-double. Michael Dixon Jr. (16) and Austin Nichols (12) also reached double figures as Memphis shot 54 percent from the field. The Tigers also posted a season-high 11 blocks.
Goodwin was the spark for the Tigers early on, totaling eight of Memphis' first 10 points of the game. With the Tigers up 12-8 following a Nick King jumper, Siena's seventh offensive rebound cut their deficit to 12-10 with a bucket from Lavon Long at the 13:31 mark.
The Tigers began to pull away halfway through the first period with back-to-back baskets from Goodwin and Jackson to make the score 18-12 with 9:35 to play in the half.
A three-pointer from Siena's Ryan Oliver pulled the Saints to within three before Memphis answered with an 11-0 run over the next 3:37 to extend the Tigers lead to 29-15 after a breakaway dunk from Geron Johnson.
Dixon Jr. kept the Tigers with a comfortable advantage with a basket from behind the arc for a 39-24 game with 2:53 remaining in the half. Following a Siena turnover, Jackson pushed the Tigers lead to 41-24 before Oliver responded with a three-point play with two minutes left.
Both teams traded baskets over the final two minutes before Jackson nailed a three at the buzzer to put the Tigers up 48-31 at the break. Dixon Jr. and Goodwin each totaled 13 points at the half while Jackson added 12 points for Memphis.
In the second half, the Saints pulled within 11 after a 10-2 run at the beginning of the period. The Tigers answered with a 7-0 spurt after a three-point play by Jackson to make it 59-41 with 15 minutes to play.
Siena got back within 14 following a trey from Brett Bisping that made the score 61-47 midway through the second half.
With eight minutes to go, the Tigers began to run away from the Saints as Johnson converted a three-point play followed by a Dixon Jr. three-pointer that pushed the lead to 71-47.
Memphis built a 30-point lead after a free throw from Anthony Cole with a minute and a half to play. Jake McDowell scored the Tigers' final points of the game with a jumper near the basket to give Memphis an 87-60 win.
Memphis will face the winner between LSU/St. Joseph's tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. (CT) in the semifinals. The game will be televised on ESPN2.