Robinson, Douglas-Roberts lead No. 2 Tigers' trouncing of Saints

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Siena coach Fran McCaffery had a pretty good idea how he wanted to defend No. 2 Memphis. Executing the game plan was a different story.

Memphis connected on 3-pointers and that fed its running game as the Tigers used 20 points and 10 rebounds from reserve Jeff Robinson and 19 points from Chris Douglas-Roberts for a 102-58 victory over the Saints on Thursday night.

Robinson was one of three Tigers to finish with double-doubles. Joey Dorsey hit all five of his shots, scored 12 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots for Memphis. Robert Dozier had 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks as the Tigers (12-0) won their 39th straight home game.

The inside play of Dorsey and Dozier, coupled with 50 percent shooting from outside the arc, provided an example of the Tigers' offensive weapons. Memphis also controlled the boards 60-42.

McCaffery had hoped to defend the inside game against the Tigers, forcing Memphis to shoot from the outside and providing the Saints with rebounds. It worked for a short time until Memphis began connecting from long range, overriding the Saints' strategy.

"Once the game gets up and down, there are very few teams, if any, certainly not in college basketball, that are going to win that battle," McCaffery said. "... We just can't get in a [running] game with Memphis. You saw what the results are going to be. And, as much as you talk about not allowing that to happen, they are pretty good at making it happen anyway."

Memphis connected on 11 shots from 3-point range in the first half and built a 25-point lead. The Saints (7-5) could not get any closer than 16 points in the second half.

Kenny Hasbrouck led Siena with 18 points, while Edwin Ubiles and Tay Fisher added 14 each.

Siena couldn't muster any offense after an early lead, shooting 32 percent for the game. Even with a short rally to open the second half that cut the deficit to 16, the Saints never threatened, primarily because Memphis answered the spurt with a 25-3 run over the next 7 minutes.

Memphis finished with 11 blocks and forced 15 turnovers.

The contribution of Robinson and steady minutes from others off the Memphis bench showed the Tigers' depth. Memphis reserves were 17-of-33 from the field, including Robinson shooting 9-of-12. And Memphis didn't let down after wins over nationally ranked Georgetown and Arizona in its previous two games.

"I loved the fact that the guys on the bench performed," Memphis coach John Calipari said. "I said to them: 'I don't care who the game is, when you get your minutes, get in there, and perform and prove you should be playing more.'

"The advantage we have is that we can go 11 or 12 deep and that whoever we play is ready to help us."

The Tigers used a barrage of 3-point field goals to build a 49-24 halftime lead. They were 11-of-16 from outside the arc, led by Douglas-Roberts, who hit all five of his and had 17 points.

"The knock on us is we can't shoot," Douglas-Roberts said. "So, when we knock our shots down, it puts pressure on the other team."

Siena led early as Calipari was so dissatisfied with the way his starters were playing, he made wholesale substitutions a minute into the game.

The Tigers erased the early deficit with a 10-0 run, Douglas-Roberts recording half of the points. The Tigers added a handful of 3-pointers over the final 3:26 of the half.

"We had cut it to 10 with about three minutes left in the half, then bang, bang, bang with 3s," McCaffery said of the Tigers' run. "... It wasn't just one player. A lot of different guys were making 3s. I don't think anybody in college basketball can beat them when they are shooting like that."

Siena was unable to get much offense going outside of Hasbrouck, shooting 31 percent in the first half.

In the second half, Memphis would extend the lead to as many as 46 points with just under 3 minutes left as Calipari had emptied his bench.

"We needed a game like this," Calipari said. "This thing has been a grind for us. For us, right now, we just have to smother defensively, come ready to play, play a lot of people and do the individual work."