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Vol. 81 No. 054
Heroin leaves destruction A devastating demon wreaks havoc on young lives Independent Student Newspaper of the University of Memphis
By Sara Harrison
Special to the Helmsman With shaking hands and a full syringe, he calmly searches for a vein to inject his poison of choice. After deciding on a vein between his right index finger and his wrist, he tightly squeezes his makeshift tourniquet made from the belt around his waist and closes his eyes. Seconds later, the syringe falls to his side, and he drops hold of his arm. Eyes that were once closed are now half-opened and rolling into the back of his head. His girlfriend rubs his arm lovingly and whispers to him under her breath. “We’ve lost so much to this devil, this demon inside of us,” she says sorrowfully as she shyly pulls her sleeve down to hide her own needle tracks. Jake and his girlfriend of three years, Anna, are two of 9.2 million people in the world who are addicted to heroin. “An estimated 13.5 million people in the world take opioids, and 9.2 (million) of those users are addicted to heroin,” said Ryan Mullins, a heroin crisis hotline counselor. “This is becoming such a major crisis in our society among young people that it is almost overwhelming. It’s everywhere from the streets to the suburbs and anywhere in between, and it’s killing people — it’s killing kids.” Morning comes for Jake and Anna whenever their bodies start shaking, yearning, urging them to get their next fix. They go downstairs into the kitchen of the home they now share — the home in which Jake’s mother died only months before. Bypassing the orange juice and cereal, they When heroin is injected, a needle is inserted into a vein, blood is drawn out to mix opt for a package of heroin for breakfast instead with the drug, and finally injected totally into the vein. After many uses, veins can — the last of the batch they had saved from the collapse and force drug users to find other veins to inject into.
night before. After shooting each other up with the last of their supply, Anna frantically begins to dial dealers’ numbers she has saved in her cell phone, but the early morning hours leave them empty-handed. Keys in hand, they head toward their car on a mission. They drive the streets of North Memphis in an effort to find someone who can supply them with clean needles and heroin. “Our whole lives are based around heroin,” Jake says as he squeezes Anna’s hand tightly. “We spend the first part of our day finding heroin, and we spent the second part of our day getting high off of heroin, and at night, we put ourselves to sleep with heroin. This is our life. We are living in a prison, screaming to break free, but there are bars everywhere we turn. I just pray to God this prison won’t become our tomb.” Jake and Anna are 22-year-old heroin addicts from the suburbs. Anna grew up in a Christian home and was heavily involved in gymnastics from an early age. Jake grew up with his beloved mother in a large home in an upscale East Memphis neighborhood. Both good students and popular with their peers, they started experimenting with alcohol and marijuana in the ninth grade. Shortly after, Anna started using Oxycontin, and Jake turned to hallucinogenics. For Anna, the jump to heroin wasn’t a far one. “Once I wasn’t getting my desired high anymore, I was searching for something to take its place. An ex-boyfriend finally introduced me to heroin, and I tried it. I had never experienced such a high before,” Anna says. “At that point, I was snorting the stuff until a friend told me
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Teddy bear helps raise awareness of child abuse By Patrick Lantrip
email@example.com Meet Wilson. Like many new students, he is actively involved in campus life. He likes to attend a wide variety of campus events and even has a Facebook account. However, unlike most students, Wilson is a teddy bear. Wilson is helping the University of Memphis chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, or HSMAI, raise awareness for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, whose mission is the help children who are the victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Wilson’s mission is simple — recruit as
many “friends” as he can during his journey to the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. His friends are other stuffed animals that people donate to HSMAI. Their goal is to find 50 friends for Wilson. “We wanted people to relate to this campaign on a more personal level,” said Inna Soifer, who is an instructor at the Kemmons Wilson School of Resort and Hospitality Management and the faculty advisor for the University of Memphis HSMAI chapter. “We thought that if we gave a human face to a teddy bear, and then told people that he is looking for friends, then, hopefully, they would not only respond quicker but would be touched as well.” The Memphis Child Advocacy Center,
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whose motto is “helping victims become children again,” reports that one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18, and their mission is to “serve children who are victims of sexual and severe physical abuse through prevention, education and intervention.” One of the ways that the center helps these children is to collect stuffed animals for the victims of abuse. “For a lot of kids this is the very first toy in their lives,” Soifer said. “It’s remarkable that by collecting these bears we can give someone his or her very first friend.” Wilson is named after Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson, who also founded the
resort and hospitality management school by the same name. The founding of the school was actually the last project the elder Wilson undertook before his death in 2003. The Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation is still a major financial contributor to its namesake school. The student chapter of HSMAI is an offshoot of the larger Mid-South chapter. “We (restaurant and hospitality management students) needed a student organization of some kind on campus,” Brandy Daly, president of HSMAI, said. “And they are a great organization to network and meet people who
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are in the hospitality industry.” HSMAI is holding a bake sale Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the campus Holiday Inn to raise awareness for Wilson’s journey. Students who stop by will be treated to an assortment of hot chocolate, cookies and pies. “Because most of our students have a culinary background, they
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bake excellent pies,” Soifer said. Students who wish to follow Wilson the Bear’s journey can follow him using the hashtag #wilsonsjourney, by visiting the HSMAI Facebook page or following their Instagram account, @ hsmaiuofmemphis. To donate a stuffed animal, visit the Kemmons Wilson School in the Holiday Inn at 3700 Central Ave. in Suite 140.
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I could spend less and get higher if I used a needle. So that’s what I did.” As Jake listens to Anna, tears well up in his eyes before he excuses himself from the room. Upon his return, Jake is noticeably more relaxed, and the tension has been swept from his upper brow. He sits down and stares at the beams on the ceiling as he slowly begins to speak of his mother, his voice barely understandable now. “Her hair brush is still sitting in the same spot where she left it,” Jake says. “Her robe is hanging on the bathroom door. We sleep in her bed. After my mother died, I just didn’t care anymore. I didn’t want to deal with the real world — the real world hurts too badly.” He takes a deep breath as he and Anna lock eyes — there is an unspoken communication between them. She rises from her seat on the ottoman and joins Jake on the floor. After sharing a passionate kiss and a cheek stroke, she continues where he left off. “His mom left him a lot of money after she passed,” Anna says. “We have been unfortunate because we can easily afford this drug. We spend roughly $200 a day on heroin. We don’t have to borrow, pawn or steal. That’s the biggest problem.” After the death of Jake’s mother, he hired an accountant and financial advisor to be responsible for his money. Most of the inheritance was transferred into trusts and investments to prevent him from going through the money quickly. However, he is given a monthly allowance of $2,500 to spend on necessities such as gas, food and bills. For Jake and Anna, heroin comes before any of those. “We are given the $2,500 at the beginning of every month,” Jake says. “After about two weeks, it has all been spent on heroin. I can’t hold a job to save my life, so I’m calling friends I haven’t talked to in years asking for money. It’s humiliating.” A longtime friend of Jake’s, who asked not to be identified, because she doesn’t wish to be associated with his drug usage, described her despair about the once happy, outgoing person she used to know. “I have known him for almost 10 years. He really meant a lot to me, and it has been so scary watching him go down this path,” she said. “He used
to be so much fun. He was a caring, hilarious, warm person. I really miss him.” Though this addiction has taken hold of this couple and currently refuses to loosen its grip, they have tried desperately to get clean and sober in the past. Separating in these times in order to avoid the other being a trigger, they maintained a clean and sober lifestyle for six months before falling back. However, this sobriety did not come without its challenges. “Your whole body shakes,” Jake says. “You wake up in the middle of the night and have to wring out your sheets from being soaked in sweat and urine. You have to keep a wastebasket next to your bed because you never know when the uncontrollable vomiting will come. There is nothing worse. Hell, I’m sure, could not be worse.” Anna describes what recovery during those six months did for them. “After we both got out of rehab and were clean, it was the most incredible part of our relationship,” she says. “We were so happy — so proud of ourselves. We had finally begun to remember who we were. We were laughing again, smiling again, until one day when we both decided to reward ourselves for being so good. We thought we could control ourselves. Now look at us.” Greg Williams, an outpatient therapist for La Paloma Treatment Center in Memphis, said addiction is treated as a “chronic illness” that lasts during the patient’s entire life. “It permeates throughout your whole life,” he said. “It grabs hold of you and affects every aspect of your life from jobs to school to relationships. Heroin is a very isolating drug. Heroin users become shut off from society and from the world and fall deep into themselves.” A relapse after a period of abstaining from heroin has its own set of dangers, according to Williams. “Once a body has been clean for a while, they think they can do the same amount they were used to doing before sobriety, but they don’t realize that their tolerance is back down,” he said. “It becomes too much on the system. This is one of the leading causes of people overdosing, and sadly oftentimes dying, from this drug. Heroin is so dangerous that when a person detoxes, we highly recommend a supervised setting with
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The University of Memphis
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 • 3
Tragic defeat for U of M football on Senior Day By Meagan Nichols
email@example.com Senior Day for the University of Memphis football team was marked by an uncomfortable loss to Temple University on Saturday. Memphis fell to Temple 41-21 and appeared a relic of the same Tiger squad that gave the No. 21 ranked Cardinals of the University of Louisville a scare the previous weekend. The Owls (2-10) walked into the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium with a singular win on the season against the United States Military Academy, but the Tigers (3-8) looked stagnant from the start, and Temple capitalized on the opportunity. At the weekly press conference on Monday, head Memphis football coach Justin Fuente told the media Temple played pretty well and had more physicality on every position than the Tigers. “When you’re young and inexperienced and somewhat immature, sometimes things like that happen,” he said. “We have to do a great job learning from it and understanding our expectations.
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University of Memphis freshman Sam Craft was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll for his performance in Saturday’s game against Temple University. The Tigers fell to the Owls 41-21. The silver lining is we’re going to go teach from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.” Temple rushed for 239 yards on the afternoon compared to Memphis’ 86 yards. The Owl’s sophomore running back Jamie
Gilmore was a common named echoed over the loudspeakers Saturday. Gilmore contributed 103 of Temple’s 239 rushing yards. While the Tigers had many blunders on Saturday, two quick touchdowns in the third quarter
stood out as the most painful. The pass from Temple freshman quarterback PJ Walker to senior halfback Chris Coyer was good for a gain of 75-yards and the Temple touchdown. The second fatal infliction occurred bare-
ly a minute later when Memphis senior punter Tom Hornsey’s return was blocked and recovered by Temple’s sophomore linebacker Michael Felton for the touch-
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Tigers’ Ta es “Legos.”
“I had a Spiderman action figure.”
Seth Davis, Engineering technology sophomore
“My favorite toy had to be my PlayStation 2. (It was) the first real game I actually had.”
Datris Cobb, Piano performance senior
Edgar Hampton, Jazz performance bass sophomore
“I played with Gundams, especially the model figures that you build.” Cedric Taylor, Jazz performance piano senior
What was your favorite toy as a child? By Stuart Settles
“Legos, (because) you can just build like whatever you wanted and just be creative.”
Joshua Gass, Undeclared freshman
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U of M women’s basketball Athletics trounced over Thanksgiving receives By Austin Reynolds
firstname.lastname@example.org Over the Thanksgiving holiday the University of Memphis women’s basketball team played three games in three days against fierce competition in the Paradise Jam tournament in the Virgin Islands but returned to the Bluff City without any wins to be thankful for.
The Tigers played perhaps their best game of the tournament in their opener against a then undefeated and nationally ranked No. 12 Texas A&M University. Memphis led 12-10 with 11 minutes to go in the first half before allowing the Aggies to go on a 13-1 run that saw them take control of the game. The Tigers brought it back to within one point in the second half but were unable to get over the hump as Texas A&M pulled away with a 10 point victory. Final score — Aggies 69, Tigers 59. The remaining two games were not nearly as competitive. The Tigers leapt out to an 8-2 lead against Syracuse University but were outscored 43-22 in the remainder of the first half before
ultimately falling 77-58. Against the University of Texas, Memphis scored just 10 points on 3-24 shooting in the opening half as they were blown out 65-36. Memphis’ Paradise Jam opponents entered the tournament with a combined 11-1 record. The three losses dropped the Tigers to 3-5 on the year. While the Tigers left the Virgin Islands with the same amount of victories as when they arrived, the tournament allowed them to get their first taste of some of the intense competition they will face in conference play. The Tigers are back in action Saturday afternoon in Elma Roane Fieldhouse against a former Conference USA foe in the University of AlabamaBirmingham Blazers. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.
A Weekly Devotional For You Chance Design? God’sor Invitations
You are an archaeologist. You are walking in Grand Canyon looking for signs of primitive life. You see many small
God is gracious. He gives gracious invitations to sinful human beings to come and find rest and comfort in Him. However, God is not a beggar. Some have the idea that God is wringing His hands and frustrated what you are looking for. You know that it took a being with at least some degree of intelligence and skill to fashion at the many who refuse His invitations. This however is not true. It is very interesting to see to whom God this arrowhead out of a piece of rock. You have found evidence of intelligent design. You instinctively know that this sends His invitations. He does not invite the self-sufficient and self-satisfied. Christ said in Mark 2:17 “ They arrowhead couldhave not possibly of random, natural processes. is perfectly obvious and that are whole no need be of the theproduct physician, but theyundirected that are sick: I came not toThis call the righteous, but sinwithout However, there are are many intelligent whoestimation see things infinitely complicated than this ners to dispute. repentance.” Those who righteous inpeople their own have nomore call from God. Jesus alsosimple said arrowhead, attribute theirunto existence to ye random, undirected natural Planet earth remarkably in Matthewyet 11:28, “Come me, all that labour and are heavyprocesses. laden, and I will giveisyou rest.” suited to If and you animal are burdened with sensea little of your sinfulness have an invitation. If you feel needthe of correct being human life. If the sunawere closer we wouldyou all be scorched. Our atmosphere hasno exactly saved from your sinful condition, you have no invitation. balance of gases for our lungs to extract the oxygen that makes life possible. It is instinctively obvious that this earth was Even though Goddesigner is infinitely Hethehas good news those who realize created by an intelligent withholy one of purposes beingfor to sustain human life. their great need of Him. ThereThe is good news for them in Isaiah 57:15, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, DNA contained in each human cell contains an astounding amount of extremely complicated information. If whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, this information is not in correct sequence there are very undesirable consequences. There is as much chance of DNA to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” rocks. They do not interest you. Suddenly you see an arrowhead. Excitedly, you stop to examine it. You have found
being the result of random processes, as there would be for 1000 monkeys randomly working at word processors producing a Shakespearean play! Who is the Designer?
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firstname.lastname@example.org The University of Memphis athletic department received the largest monetary donation in the department’s history and the second biggest in the school’s existence on Monday. Memphis alums Bill and Nancy Laurie contributed $10 million to the capital campaign for athletic facilities. Bill was a guard on the Memphis State men’s basketball team that played in the 1973 NCAA National Championship game. The capital campaign benefits the athletic facilities at the U of M’s Park Avenue Campus, which houses the majority of the athletic practice facilities for Tiger sports. U of M Interim President Brad Martin announced the campaign 120 days ago, and after the significant contribution by the Laurie family this week, the campaign has reached 25 percent of the $40 million goal. A new men’s basketball practice and training facility, indoor football practice complex, softball clubhouse and renovations to existing structures are part of the intended improvements. To read about athletic director Tom Bowen’s reaction to the donation, pick up a copy of The Daily Helmsman on Wednesday.
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down with 9:38 left on the clock. The calamity of events was made even more embarrassing for the Tigers when fireworks, which are supposed to be released following Memphis touchdowns, went off after Felton’s recovery. With minimal crowd support and stands that thinned out a little more after every play, the overall feel of the majority of the game was one of defeat. The lone bright spot for Memphis was freshman receiver Sam Craft, who caught seven passes and recorded 131 all-purpose yards against Temple. The American Athletic Conference took note of Craft’s performance and named the young Tiger to the conference’s weekly honor roll. The Tigers will reboot for their final game of the season Saturday when they head to East Harford, Conn., to face the Huskies of the University of Connecticut (2-9). Memphis, Temple and UConn comprise the bottom three teams in The American. “I’m looking for our kids to have a great week of practice and bounce back from what was an unsatisfactory performance last week,” Fuente said. “We’ll have a pretty spirited and rough-andtumble week of practice in order to get ready to go play UConn, who has won their last two football games.” Kickoff against the Huskies is slated for noon and can be viewed on ESPN3.com or listened to on 600 WREC. Fuente said he was going to challenge all of his players this week and said he would not focus on one specific group of players. “I’m going to focus on the whole unit,” he said. “We had Senior Day, and that’s over. Now it’s time for us to go play at Connecticut. It’s going to take a group of kids, whether you’re a senior or a freshman, that want to go play.”
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a highly trained medical staff and medication. The average withdrawal period is seven to 10 days, and it’s going to be rough.” He said patients should fully commit to a two-year recovery program, which includes educational cycles, process examinations, group aftercare programs and intensive therapy sessions. “It’s not easy, but it saves lives,” Williams said.
In an effort to become sober in the past, Jake revealed his addiction to his accountant. Jake asked him to cease all monthly check allowances so that he will not be able to buy heroin. Instead, Jake and Anna depend on a credit card — something that can buy all of life’s necessities, except heroin. “Not having that monthly check in our hands to go out and cash and subsequently spend on drugs has helped. However, when we are feening, we will find a way to get it. There is always a way,” Anna says. Jake often turns to his father
She is now faced with the hard decision of seeking treatment since she is currently on probation and faces a monthly drug test. When asked about the possibility of treatment, Jake and Anna look hopeful. “I think about recovery every single day, but then there is still that voice in the back of your head that is saying, ‘You would feel so much better if you would just get high,’” Anna says. “I have forgotten who I am without it. What did I do before?” She pauses and does not speak for several moments. When she does, her tone has changed.
whenever money is low. “I hate to say his father is weak, but that’s what he is. He is too afraid that by not giving (Jake) the money to buy heroin, he will push him away,” Anna says. “What he doesn’t think about is that he is aiding in killing him.” Anna’s family knew little about her heroin use until her 2010 arrest for buying the drug caught up with her in recent months. “They are constantly worrying about me. I know that I have taken years off of their lives. They are just waiting on that phone call telling them that I’m dead,” Anna says.
www.dailyhelmsman.com “I have never heard myself say any of these things out loud,” Anna says. “I have spoken bits and pieces here and there to counselors and therapists but never like this — upfront and brutally honest. It is making me realize how pathetic I am and what a waste of a life I have been living. I sound ridiculous.” Editor’s Note: Anna and Jake are not the real names of the heroin users in this story. Since they are engaged in illegal activity, they would not submit to an interview without The Daily Helmsman agreeing to give them anonymity.
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The University of Memphis
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 • 7
Men’s basketball brings home Old Spice trophy By Hunter Field
firstname.lastname@example.org Anyone watching could see it. An ominous cloud parted above the head of Josh Pastner, head University of Memphis men’s basketball coach, as the No. 21 ranked Tigers outdueled the No. 5 Oklahoma State University Cowboys 73-68 on Sunday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The win solidified Memphis as the Old Spice Classic champions, but that seemed miniscule. The story was Pastner. Until Sunday evening, Pastner couldn’t notch a win against a top25 opponent no matter how close he came in 13 tries. Last season, Memphis had Louisville on the ropes leading by double digits, but the Tigers couldn’t close them out. Before that, it was Michigan in 2011. It seemed like it wasn’t meant to be. Now, the record shows 1-13, and Pastner’s critics have been silenced, at least for a little while. “All that took on a life of its own,” the fifth-year coach said. “It became the eighth wonder of the world. The 48 hours leading up to the game on ESPN, it was all people talked about — that I haven’t beaten a top-25 team. Everywhere I went and talked it was like we were 3-27.” He downplayed the significance, calling it “hogwash” and said every win is a good win, but anyone could see it in his smile after the game — even though he smiles after every game. That night was different — both he and his team’s smiles were wider and brighter. The game came just 12 days after the Cowboys ran Memphis off the court in Stillwater, Okla., embarrassing the Tigers on national television. Memphis lost 101-80, and things looked grim for the Tiger faithful. Pastner tried to control the damage, emphasizing “course correction.”
The course has never been more correct, as the win moved the U of M up to No. 16 in the latest AP poll. The Tigers (5-1) entered halftime behind 42-32, and most expected them to fold. They marched out of the locker room and did just the opposite, scoring the first seven points of the half to cut the lead to just three. With 10:13 remaining in the game, Memphis trailed by two points, when senior Michael Dixon Jr. hit back-to-back jumpers, propelling Memphis ahead 56-52. From that point forward, the Cowboys (7-1) watched the Tigers answer every Oklahoma State basket with a bucket of their own, until the Cowboys got the ball down three with 11 seconds left after a pair of free throws from senior Joe Jackson. Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart, a consensus lottery pick in next year’s NBA Draft, received the in-bounds pass to a roar from the contingent of Tiger fans who made the trip. Memphis senior Geron Johnson drew the assignment to guard the pre-season All American. Smart made his move to the right, but Johnson, a defensive specialist, swiped the ball away from the Cowboy point guard for Smart’s fifth turnover of the night. Jackson iced the game with two more free throws, after sophomore Shaq Goodwin galloped around the court with unbridled joy. “It’s awesome,” freshman forward Austin Nichols said of Goodwin’s energy. “It’s contagious. I love it when he’s acting like that, because that’s just his personality, and when he acts like that I tend to sort of act like that.” Goodwin and Nichols led the way for Memphis all tournament long. Goodwin averaged 14 points per game, and Nichols scored 13.3 points per game over the Thanksgiving holiday tournament. The Old Spice Classic named
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The American Athletic Conference named freshman Austin Nichols the Conference’s Rookie of the Week and sophomore Shaq Goodwin the Player of the Week following their performances in the Old Spice Classic this weekend. Goodwin the tournament’s most valuable player and Nichols to the all-tournament team. The American Athletic Conference also rewarded the pair on Monday, naming Goodwin the conference’s Player of the Week and Nichols the Rookie of the Week. “That’s and amazing honor,” Goodwin said. “And to have Austin get rookie of the week, it just shows how much hard work pays off.” The Memphis offense has trended toward a more inside approach since the beginning of the season. The bigs have been better than expected, and the four senior guards haven’t played as well as they hoped. “We’re fortunate we’ve got guys who can score the ball down there,” Pastner said. “What it’s done is opened up the play for the guards. That’s a big thing. Right now, Shaq’s
energy is so contagious, and Austin — and our whole team — is feeding off Shaq’s energy.” The guards showed up on Sunday night, though. Senior Chris Crawford poured in clutch shot after clutch shot, ending with 16 points, but his biggest contribution came on the defensive end. He slowed down Smart, a player of the year candidate who scored 39 against Memphis on Nov. 19, holding him to only 12 points on 13 shots and five turnovers. Dixon added 12 points, and Jackson, a 6-foot 1-inch guard, scored 11 points with zero turnovers and eight rebounds. The Tigers defeated Sienna and LSU, a fringe top-25 according to many experts, en route to their Old Spice Classic championship. “It was a great tournament for us,” Pastner said. “To win those tourna-
ments is a special thing. It’s hard to win in a bracketed tournament.” Memphis found itself down in the LSU game, as well, but — similarly to the Oklahoma State game — great crunch-time execution allowed them to pull away at the end. Pastner said he believes they wouldn’t have beaten LSU without losing to Oklahoma State two weeks earlier. The win marked Memphis’ first regular season tournament championship since its win at the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic in 2007, and Sunday night’s victory was the first win over a top-five team since the Tigers toppled Georgetown in the same season. The Tigers return to the court on Saturday at the FedExForum against Northwestern State. The game is slated to tip off at noon.
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