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MORAGA, Calif. Adidas NMD Human Race Cheap . -- Randy Bennett has a long list of scorers on Saint Marys, so thats the least of his worries. When his Gaels get big leads and the bench comes in, now the challenge is sustaining a defensive tempo that this group had last season in regularly holding teams to 40 percent shooting and below.Saint Marys is making strides on both ends, even gaining some good practice against a zone defense Wednesday night.Jock Landale had 15 points and 13 rebounds and the 20th-ranked Gaels jumped to a quick lead they never relinquished to beat Western Kentucky 73-51.The defense is coming along.As a team, its something we practice every day. Coach, as he said, harps on it quite a lot, Emmett Naar said. If we can just improve a bit each day, hopefully toward the end of the season well be pretty good.Evan Fitzner scored eight of his teams first 12 points as the Gaels took control from the tip. He finished with 11 points and three 3-pointers, while Naar had 14 points and six assists.Landale went 7 for 13 from the field and is shooting 65 of 99 -- 65.6 percent -- on the season for the Gaels (8-1), who used a late 13-2 run in the first half for a 38-24 lead.Justin Johnson and Que Johnson each scored 11 points to lead Western Kentucky (4-6).The one thing this team hasnt been very good at, when we get hit in the mouth or get behind were not very good in those situations, WKU coach Rick Stansbury said. We got ahead at Indiana State and played with a lead, but this was a different animal here.Bennett has challenged his team recently to play with more defensive fire, and the Gaels shut down Pancake Thomas. A graduate transfer in his first season with the Hilltoppers, Thomas shot 2 of 8 for four points and missed his three tries from 3-point range after getting a season-best 22 points in a win over Indiana State on Sunday.The Hilltoppers shot 37.5 percent and 5 of 17 from 3-point range to lose for the fifth time in six games.The last couple games weve been able to play our bench and getting those guys to get some reps and try and be as good defensively and as consistent as the first six or seven guys is a challenge. Weve got to get better, Bennett said. Sometimes we sub, we take a dip down defensively. That cant happen.Saint Marys guard Joe Rahon limped off with a right leg injury with 4:37 left before halftime then returned just before intermission and wound up matching his career high with 10 assists.In the first meeting between the programs, Saint Marys jumped to a 7-0 lead in the opening 2:27 and 12-2 then never looked back.BIG PICTUREWestern Kentucky: The Hilltoppers 24 first-half points matched their season low. ... WKU dropped to 35-97 all-time against ranked opponents and hasnt won a true road game against a Top 25 team since stunning No. 4 Kentucky on Nov. 15, 2001. ... Stansbury still needs three wins for 300 career victories. ... The Hilltoppers will have gone 29 days between home games.Saint Marys: The Hilltoppers were Saint Marys second Conference USA opponent after a win over UAB late last month. ... Top Warriors assistant Mike Brown sat courtside on an off day before Golden State hosts the Knicks on Thursday. Brown played at San Diego for 16th-year Gaels coach Bennett. He got some good seats, took care of him, Bennett said.UP NEXTWestern Kentucky: At Detroit Mercy on Saturday to conclude a stretch of seven games on the road or at neutral sites over nearly a months time covering more than 10,000 miles and hitting six states.Saint Marys: Host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday in the fourth game of a five-game home stand before the start of conference play.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. Adidas NMD R1 Cheap . PETERSBURG, Fla. Pharrell Williams Hu NMD Sale . Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee? Green had bounced around the NBA when he wasnt playing overseas. The Pacers gave up on Plumlee after just one season. Now Green and Plumlee are key cogs in the Suns surprising breakout season. http:///...an-black-unisex.html . Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory. Victor Moses converted a 20th-minute penalty after an Ethiopian handball, and Victor Obinna made certain of Nigerias place in Brazil with his powerful free kick in the 82nd at UJ Esuene Stadium.This time there were no late goals conceded. There were no leads blown. But the outcome was still the same for Toronto FC on Saturday as the clubs long suffering supporters headed home with the familiar feeling frustration and disappointment. Its now four straight defeats for Ryan Nelsens team, and just seven points from 11 matches. The one win came in the clubs home opener over two months ago, at a time when there seemed to be hope and enthusiasm for the new regime at the club, with players showing a fighting spirit and cohesion. Unfortunately, it seems the team has gone backwards over the last few matches. On Saturday, there were a few signs of an attacking spark in the first half. In fact had Justin Braun not wasted one of the best chances he will get all year, Toronto would have been ahead against Columbus. That squandered opportunity summed up an afternoon which was largely lifeless and devoid of ideas in front of goal for the home team. In the end, the Reds were punished by a team that took full advantage of a chance that came its way. Dominic Oduro scored the only goal of the game just before half time for a Crew side that had arrived at BMO Field having lost three out of its previous four matches and had failed to score in those three games. Despite being a goal down, Toronto struggled to find any rhythm or urgency as they searched for a game-tying goal in the second half. In the lead up to the match, Toronto FC President Kevin Payne made no secret of his upset at the way the players have been responding of late: "We need more guys that are going to do whatever it takes to get a result," he said. "Weve only got one or two guys on our team right now in my opinion." However, Saturdays loss wasnt because of a lack of desire. It was just a lack of quality. There have been a number of injury problems to deal with, but despite the fact the club is well underway with its makeover (15 of the current 29-man squad are new to the team this season), there are still major weaknesses. Toronto FC badly needs more creativity and they have attempted to address that recently with the arrivals of experienced winger Bobby Convey from Sporting Kansas City and on loan New Zealand international forward Jeremy Brockie. Adidas NMD R2 Sale. Both of those players made debuts off the bench against the Crew, but I still believe the centre of midfield is an area where an attacking addition is vital. There is goal-scoring help on the way with the return of Danny Koevermans, who saw his first action since last July when he made his comeback from injury in Saturdays reserve team match against the Crew. Service to the attacking players has to be better though. For much of this season, Robert Earnshaw has been offered little support, with two of his five goals coming from penalties, and the other three from his own quick thinking. The defence remains an issue. The signing of Scottish international Steven Caldwell will hopefully go a long way to solving the issues, but again on Saturday, Toronto were made to pay for a defensive lapse when Oduro was able to run in behind the backline and score one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Darren ODea had a decent game at left back, but theres little doubt the teams best current central defensive pairing would be Caldwell and ODea, and with the current slump showing no signs of ending, the club desperately needs solidity and stability in the central defence. If Toronto FC had been challenging for the playoffs this year, it would have been an overachievement following the dismal season in 2012. However a reasonable expectation was that they could stay in touch with the pack, and at least give supporters hope to cling onto into early fall. After positive signs early on, the improvement hasnt continued. Payne and Nelsen have talked of plans to bring in more players as they attempt to solve the problems, but sitting 11 points outside the playoffs a third of the way through the season, its getting to the stage where this year will once again be solely about trying to lay a foundation for the future. ' ' '