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CANCUN, Mexico -- Isaac Haas is feeling it.If the Purdue center has the ball in his hands, its either going right through the hoop or hes kicking it out to one of his sharpshooting teammates waiting on the perimeter to do the same.Haas scored 26 points and Dakota Mathias added 25, both career highs, as No. 17 Purdue beat Utah State 85-64 in the Cancun Challenge on Tuesday night.Haas and Mathias took over in the second half, when they combined for 32 points on 12-of-13 shooting to help the Boilermakers (3-1) pull away after leading 39-27 at halftime. Mathias shot 6 of 7 on 3-pointers and Purdue made 11 from beyond the arc.We were able to take those shots and whenever they were letting us have it in the post, we were scoring in the post and they just didnt really have an answer for it, Haas said.Alexis Dargenton led Utah State (3-1) with 14 points and nine rebounds. Julion Pearre added 10 points.Caleb Swanigan had 15 points and made the Boilermakers second 3 for a 19-7 lead, their biggest of the first half, with 11:43 to play. The Aggies chipped away and cut Purdues lead to 28-27 on a layup from Jalen Moore with 4:16 to go, but the Boilermakers closed the half with 11 consecutive points and leaned on Mathias and Haas to pull away in the second.DEFENSE FIRSTMathias checked out of the game with a few minutes left to big high-fives from his teammates. While they cheered his scoring effort from outside, Mathias was more excited about his defense. He had six rebounds and two of the teams seven steals.We just keep making strides and getting better in that area, Purdue coach Matt Painter said. Weve just got to be able to get strings of stops and put them together.GIANT BATTLENorbert Janicek did all he could to try and use his 6-foot-11 frame to slow the 7-foot-2 Haas. Janicek played Haas physically and fouled out with just more than 9 minutes left as a result. Quinn Taylor replaced Janicek, and Haas scored 13 more points in that matchup.He just overwhelms people at times, Mathias said. I think every game hes fouled out somebody or multiple people, so they go through two or three different guys down low. He finishes through contact, so he was great today.AT THE LINEHaas and Swanigan combined to make 16 of 20 free throws. The Aggies combined to attempt 14.We didnt take away their inside play and we let their guards, especially Mathias, make way too many shots, Utah State coach Tim Duryea said. Defensively, foul trouble hurt us and offensively we forced some things and tried too hard at times and that made our shot selection suffer and our turnovers go up.THE BIG PICTUREPurdue: The Boilermakers arrived in Mexico with plenty of issues after an emotional loss to defending national champion Villanova followed by a shaky performance in a 64-56 win over Georgia State after trailing by 12. The Panthers beat the Boilermakers on the glass and stymied their 3-point shooters before Purdue ripped off a 20-point run. The Boilermakers answered some questions in this one, though, improving their 3-point shooting and first-half defense.Utah State: The loss snapped the Aggies most consistent run since last season when they won four straight in late December.UP NEXTPurdue plays Auburn (4-0) for the tournaments Riviera Championship on Wednesday.Utah State plays Texas Tech (3-1) for third place in the tournaments Riviera Division on Wednesday. Stefano Sturaro Jersey . 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McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. MADRID -- With Karim Benzema out injured and Cristiano Ronaldo playing below expectations again, Gareth Bale got the job done for Real Madrid with two goals against Leganes on Sunday. Not to be outdone, Lionel Messi scored his 500th goal for Barcelona as the Catalan club won a thriller against Sevilla.Reaching that landmark prompted Barcelona to tweet: Counting official matches and friendlies, Messi reaches the figure of 500 goals for FC Barcelona. Well done Leo!Bale scored both his goals shortly before halftime in a 3-0 win over Leganes, securing the Spanish league lead for Madrid ahead of the city derby against Atletico Madrid.Barcelona stayed two points behind Madrid by coming from behind to defeat gritty Sevilla 2-1. Luis Suarez got Barcelonas winner.Madrid has 27 points after 11 rounds. Atletico, which lost 2-0 at Real Sociedad on Saturday, dropped to fourth place after Villarreal defeated Real Betis 2-0 to move up the standings.---REAL MADRID 3, LEGANES 0Bale dominated action from the start and was Madrids most dangerous forward throughout the match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium, and his first goal came just as the crowd was growing impatient with the team.After a perfect long pass by Francisco Isco Alarcon in the 38th minute, Bale calmly found the net after his first attempt was stopped by the goalkeeper. His second came from close range in first-half injury time.Im pleased with the work everyone put in, not any player in particular, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. There will always be one who makes the difference, but the great thing today was the team.Bale also had two great scoring chances early in the second half, first with a close-range shot and then with a header, both requiring difficult saves by Leganes goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes.The striker has scored three goals in the last two matches for Madrid.Ronaldos up-and-down season continued and he had another lackluster performance at the Bernabeu, where he hasnt scored in five straight games, his longest scoreless drought at home since he arrived at Madrid in 2009. Ronaldo, who is set to extend his contract with Madrid until 2021, last scored at the Bernabeu against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Sept. 14.I dont think hes worried, he looks good annd committed, Zidane said.dddddddddddd Its true he likes scoring goals, especially at this stadium, but hes calm.Benzema was sidelined on Sunday because of a knee ailment, and replacement Morata got Madrids third goal from inside the area after a pass by Toni Kroos in the 76th.Madrid, unbeaten this season, plays against Atletico at the Vicente Calderon on Nov. 19, following the international break.It was the fourth consecutive loss for Leganes, which was making its first-division debut at the Bernabeu. It is just outside the relegation zone with 10 points.---SEVILLA 1, BARCELONA 2Messi was the difference again, scoring an equalizer with a well-placed shot from outside the area in the 43rd for his 500th goal for Barcelona.Messi is the clubs all-time leading scorer with 469 goals in official matches and 31 in friendlies.Not content with that milestone, Messi set up Suarezs winner with a precise pass in the 61st in the back-and-forth game at Sevilla.Messi and Suarez lead the league in scoring with eight goals each.Victor Vitolo Machin had put Sevilla ahead in a breakaway in the 15th, speeding past a defender after a perfect through ball by midfielder Pablo Sarabia and firing a low shot past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.It was the fourth straight win for Barcelona, and Sevillas first home loss in the league this season.Its a win that strengthens us as a team, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said.Sevilla, which had beaten Atletico Madrid at home earlier this season, was looking for another big victory to establish itself as a top contender after the arrival of Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli.---OTHER GAMESVillarreal scored a goal in each half to defeat Betis 2-0 and moved to third place with 22 points, five behind Real Madrid.Seventh-placed Athletic Bilbao was held to a 0-0 draw at Espanyol for its third straight game without a league win.Celta Vigo moved to eighth after coming from behind to beat Valencia 2-1 at home. 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