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Siena overmatched by No. 21 Memphis in 87-60 loss at Old Spice Classic

  • Siena guard Marquis Wright, left, and Memphis guard Damien Wilson dive after a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Kissimmee, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Siena guard Marquis Wright, left, and Memphis guard Damien Wilson dive after a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Kissimmee, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)  (The Associated Press)

  • Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos reacts to a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Memphis in Kissimmee, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos reacts to a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Memphis in Kissimmee, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)  (The Associated Press)

  • Memphis guard Geron Johnson (55) goes up to dunk the ball in front of Siena guard Evan Hymes (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Kissimmee, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Memphis guard Geron Johnson (55) goes up to dunk the ball in front of Siena guard Evan Hymes (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Kissimmee, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)  (The Associated Press)

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 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Lavon Long's layup got Siena to 52-41 just 3½ 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 5½ 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.