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Notes: New BC coach Jim Christian looks to fill out staff

New BC basketball coach Jim Christian has already reached out to a few prospective assistant coaches.Tony Dejak/Associated Press/File

When he was hired Thursday to coach Boston College, Jim Christian said athletic director Brad Bates gave him the assurance he “could go out and hire the best people I can’’ in assembling his staff.

Christian reached out first to Maryland assistant Scott Spinelli, who was contacted Thursday about his interest in joining BC’s staff, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Spinelli, 49, a 1989 Boston University alum from Leominster, is a strong recruiter who is familiar with prep schools and AAU clubs in New England. He played two seasons for BU.

Sources also indicated Christian has interest in bringing aboard Mike Jarvis II, the assistant director of men’s basketball player development/head team manager at Duke. Jarvis is the son of former BU coach Mike Jarvis.


CBI goes to Siena

Siena’s Steven Cruz is hugged by coach Jimmy Patsos after the Saints won the College Basketball Invitational title.j.s. carras/associated press

Brett Bisping had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Siena cruised past Fresno State, 81-68, in the decisive Game 3 of the College Basketball Invitational championship series in Loudonville, N.Y. Bisping was named tournament MVP. Rob Poole added 23 points for Siena (20-18), which earned its first national postseason title since jumping to Division 1 in 1976. The Saints were picked to finish 10th in the preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coaches’ poll. Fresno State (21-18) hit just three of its first 17 shots . . . Tyler Scaife went coast-to-coast and scored with two seconds left to give Rutgers (28-9) a 56-54 win over UTEP in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship in El Paso.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.