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22/07/2019

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Saint Marys coach Randy Bennett wants to get a better look at his bench players, and he might get that opportunity when the 17th-ranked Gaels host Prairie View A&M on Wednesday (10 p. Ray Lewis Youth Jersey .m. ET) in Moraga, Calif.In the Gaels season-opening 81-63 victory over Nevada, Saint Marys all-conference guards James Rahon and Emmett Naar played extensively, with Rahon logging 40 minutes and Naar 35.Tonight I wasnt as trusting with our bench, Bennett said after the game. I rode Joe. We need to get Joe and Emmett some breaks.Rahon and Naar combined for 17 points, 16 assists and just two turnovers in the opener. However, the coach knows he will need more depth as the Gaels prepare for Saturdays game at Dayton. That road game against a Flyers team picked to win the Atlantic 10 will indicate whether Saint Marys is worthy of its national ranking.Certainly Naar and Rahon will be in the starting lineup against Prairie View (1-1), but it remains to be seen whether Jock Landale or Dane Pineau will get the start.Pineau, a preseason all-conference selection who started all 35 games last season, has been bothered by back problems that caused him to miss practice time.Of the six weeks of preseason, he practiced maybe two, Bennett said.As a result, 6-foot-11 junior Landale got his first career start against Nevada and responded with career highs in points (33) and rebounds (nine). Pineau played just 12 minutes off the bench, and Bennett said afterward he has not determined his starting lineup for future games.Landale was particularly effective in the low post, and teams are reluctant to double team him because of the Gaels ability to hit 3-pointers.If they double, I just kick it out, Landale said. Three is better than two.Prairie View A&M may present a bigger challenge than expected, considering it pulled off a surprising 84-78 victory at Fresno State on Monday.The Panthers traditionally play a difficult, road-dominated nonconference schedule. It is no different this season. Prairie View A&Ms first four games and 11 of its first 13 are on the road. The season is beginning with a three-game West Coast swing, which started Friday with a 78-58 loss to Oregon State and continued with the Monday upset of Fresno State.The Panthers, who were picked by the coaches to finish sixth in the 10-team Southwestern Athletic Conference, are operating under a new head coach, Byron Smith.Smith took over on an interim basis last January, when Bryon Rimm resigned with Prairie View owning a 1-18 record. Smith was elevated from his assistant position for the final 12 games, and the team went 6-6. He was officially named head coach in April.Smiths focus is on the defensive end, and that was demonstrated Monday, when the Panthers forced Fresno State into 18 turnovers.We have some athletic guys, some long guys that can jam the basketball, that pressure the basketball and get out and play and let our defense dictate our offense, Smith said.The Panthers starting lineup against Oregon State consisted of four junior-college transfers and Daquan Cook, a transfer from UNLV who is probably the teams best offensive player. He led the Panthers with 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting against the Beavers, and he scored 17 points on 4-for-11 shooting against Fresno State. His final free throw Monday gave the Panthers a 12-point lead with 43 seconds left.Daquan did a really good job offensively, Smith said after Cook scored 18 points in the Panthers 101-40 exhibition victory over Champion Christian last week. I believe our offense will grow, but Im a defensive guy. I really want to establish our defense and rebounding as we get ready to go into a really tough four-game stretch.Their defense will get a major challenge against Saint Marys, which shot 60 percent from the field and committed just six turnovers against Nevada. Justice Hill Jersey .S. Open champion Justin Rose birdied the first hole with a blind shot he hit to a foot of the pin, and he stayed in front Tuesday until he completed a 4-under 67 for a two-shot lead over Jason Dufner in PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Custom Baltimore Ravens Jerseys . Cuban testified Thursday that he was upset when the companys CEO told him news that would reduce the value of his shares, for which hed paid $7.5 million. But he said he did nothing improper when he sold those shares over the next two days. http://www.cheapravensshoponline.com/ . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- When Lovie Smith took the job at Illinois, he said his team would run the ball and that KeShawn Vaughn would be doing most of that running.So far, things havent turned out much like Smith predicted.Illinois (1-3, 0-1 Big Ten) has had mixed results at best on the ground -- three yards rushing against Western Michigan was barely running at all -- and Vaughn was on the bench for most of last Saturdays loss to Nebraska .But his replacements, Reggie Corbin and Kendrick Foster, combined for an effective day in the 31-16 loss to the Cornhuskers. Corbin had nine carries for 72 yards and Foster seven for 46 and a touchdown.With a Purdue team (2-2, 0-1) that gave up 400 yards on the ground last week to Maryland up next, the work-in-progress Illini ground game could soon look much better.The changes Illinois made in its offense ahead of the Nebraska game, which also included more of the no-huddle that quarterback Wes Lunt likes, are the result of the coaching staff adjusting to the talent it has, offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said.Coaches responsibility is to evaluate where you are and what you have and build an offense to make that work, McGee said.At Louisville last season, McGee had a lot of the talent -- including quarterback Lamar Jackson -- that this season is ranked No. 7 in the country .At Illinois, he and Smith committed early to running the ball behind Vaughn, who led the 2015 Illini as a freshman with 723 yardds on 157 carries. Ben Powers Youth Jersey. So far this season, he has just 188 yards in four games.Corbin is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound redshirt freshman who now has 143 yards on 16 carries. Foster, a 5-foot-9, 200-pound junior, leads the team with 221 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns, including a 31-yarder against the Cornhuskers.Vaughn was among a number of players who McGee said he had serious conversations with in recent weeks about shortcomings in the Illinois offense. The offensive coordinator said the 5-foot-10, 210-pound sophomore will have enough chances in practice to prove himself and get back on the field.Smith declined to say much at all this week about Vaughn, aside from the need to see better play.But he was eager to talk about Corbin and Foster.We can really talk about Reggie Corbin, and what he was able to do, Smith said. We have a running back position and the guy who is going to play is the guy who we feel like is going to give us the best chance to win. Reggie Corbin and Kendrick Foster, those guys gave us the best chance to win last week.---Follow David Mercer on Twitter: (at)davidmercerAP---Online: Associated Press college football coverage: http://collegefootball.ap.org/---This story has been corrected to show Kendrick Foster rather than Reggie Corbin had a 31-yard touchdown against Nebraska. ' ' '