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CINCINNATI -- Once Cincinnati applied a little pressure, everything became easy. Devin Funchess Jersey .Jacob Evans III had nine points during a run that put Cincinnati in control midway through the second half, and the 24th-ranked Bearcats overcame cold shooting and a sloppy start to beat Albany 74-51 on Monday night.In the second half, we wanted to come out and play harder, Evans said. We came out and tried to turn up the defense. We scored off our defense.Evans 3-pointer started a 13-2 run that allowed the Bearcats (2-0) to finally shake loose. They went only 5 of 21 from beyond the arc, but Evans finished with 19 points.David Nichols scored 13 points and Joe Cremo had 12 for Albany (1-1), which self-destructed with 22 turnovers -- 11 in each half. Cremo had eight of them.They took the ball out of our hands, Albany coach Will Brown said. They got real physical with us. I think our inexperience on the perimeter as a whole with our starting group showed a little bit today.Cincinnati led only 29-27 at halftime as the Bearcats shot 33 percent from the field and got outrebounded 19-15. There was one tie and 10 lead changes, and neither team could make shots consistently. Cincinnati, however, outscored Albany 40-18 over the final 15 minutes of the game.The scouting report was that they were limited at the point guard position, said guard Troy Caupain, who had four steals. So in practice, we worked on getting after each other.NEW LEADEREvans had 23 points in the opening win, and led the offense again on Monday, asserting himself as a scoring threat in his second season.That takes the pressure off all of us, me included, Caupain said.PESKY DEFENSECincinnati guard Justin Jenifer scored only six points but had three steals and helped to lead the strong closing flourish. Bearcats coach Mick Cronin envisions Jenifer as a defensive specialist who can change the game with pressure on the ball.He has really embraced it, Cronin said. He was like Speedy Gonzalez out there. Thats what hes got to be. I thought Justin really gave us an influx of energy.POLL IMPLICATIONSCincinnati moved into the Top 25 on Monday after a season-opening 84-55 win over Brown. The Bearcats will have a chance to move up -- or get knocked out -- during their upcoming weekend tournament.BIG PICTUREAlbany: The Great Danes opened the season with their first victory over a Big Ten team, winning at Penn State 87-81 on Friday. They kept it close against Cincinnati for more than a half, before their turnovers helped Cincinnati pull away.Cincinnati: The Bearcats have struggled to hit outside shots the last few seasons, relying on their defense to generate points. They had the same issues on Monday, when they pulled away by getting 24 points off turnovers.UP NEXTAlbany: Hosts Oneonta on Wednesday in its first home game.Cincinnati: Plays No. 21 Rhode Island on Saturday in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off in Connecticut.---More AP college basketball: Trai Turner Jersey . Ashley Youngs cross was inadvertently headed by Chester into his own net in the 66th minute, allowing United to claim a third straight league win. "We had to dig deep with our fighting spirit and weve done that," United striker Wayne Rooney said. J.J. Jansen Jersey .com) - Following a late-game loss to the reigning NBA champs, the Toronto Raptors will look to sustain their recent high-level play as they travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers. http:///...n-ArtisPayne-Jersey/ . -- Aldon Smith believes he is on the path to being sober for good. MADRID -- With the clasico against Real Madrid coming up, there couldnt be a better time for Lionel Messi to end his scoring drought.Barcelona has been struggling and desperately needs a victory to stay in the Spanish league title race, and Messi could help turn things around on Saturday if he can find the net after five scoreless games against Madrid.Barcelona enters the game at Camp Nou six points behind Madrid, and another setback could leave the Catalan club in a difficult position to fight for a third straight league title.Messi hasnt played badly in recent matches against Madrid, but his last goal against his biggest rival came almost three years ago when he had a hat trick in a 4-3 win at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.The Argentina playmaker hasnt scored in the five games since, not even in the stunning 4-0 win at the Bernabeu last season, when he came off the bench in the second half after a long injury layoff. Barcelona has won two of the last five games against Madrid, but its been 400 minutes since Messi last scored.We all know what kind of player Messi is. He is one of the best in the world, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Friday. We will have to keep an eye on him, but not only on him, because all of their players are very good.Since Messis hat trick in March 2014, Cristiano Ronaldo has attracted most of the headlines in the clasico, scoring three times, including the late winner at Camp Nou last season that ended Barcelonas record 39-game unbeaten streak.Theyre two exceptional players, Zidane said. Cristiano is doing exceptional, incredible things. I hope he carries on like this.Messi remains the all-time leading scorer in the clasico with 21 goals in 32 matches, but at Camp Nou its been Ronaldo who has thrived the most.The Portugal forward has 10 goals in 12 games in BBarcelona, including five in the last five matches and eight in the last nine. Mario Addison Jersey. He failed to find the net only in four of those 12 games. Messi netted only five times in those same encounters.Ronaldo has scored in each of the last two league games at the Camp Nou. He has 16 goals in 25 matches between the rivals, behind only Messi (21) and Alfredo Di Stefano (18).Messi has 15 goals in the 25 matches in which he and Ronaldo faced each other, one less than Ronaldo.Barcelona is coming off three consecutive draws, two in the league and one in the Copa del Rey, while Madrid has won six in a row.We are playing at home, against our rival, it doesnt matter if we are one point or 100 points behind in the standings, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. Its always a special game.Barcelona will be boosted by the likely return of Andres Iniesta, who has recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him in late October.Its great news for us, Luis Enrique said. He is a reference of Barcelonas style of play.Madrid will be without Gareth Bale because of an ankle injury. Zidanes immediate reserve in the attack, Alvaro Morata, is also out because of a hamstring ailment, so Lucas Vazquez is expected to play up front along with Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.Madrid is riding a 32-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, but Zidane said his squad will not be playing safe in Barcelona.Its not only Barcelona that needs to win this game. We also need these points, Zidane said. We are ahead but it doesnt mean anything. We dont think about drawing, winning or losing, we think about giving our best and the result is a consequence.---Tales Azzoni on Twitter: Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '