Jackson scores 18, No. 21 Memphis tops Siena 87-60

By Mark Didtler, Associated Press | Posted - Nov. 28, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.



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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - 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).

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.

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 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 3-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 6 minutes before the break.

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

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Mark Didtler

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