Scores

Final

Oakland 60

(2-3, 0-3 away)

(19) Cincinnati 89

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 24, 2003

    Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio

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    OAK 30 3060
    #19CIN 52 3789

    Maxiell's career night leads Bearcats

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jason Maxiell scored a career-high 26 points and No. 19 Cincinnati used its depth and balance to beat Oakland 89-60 on Monday night.

    Cincinnati (2-0) occasionally went back to the trapping defense that was its hallmark in the 1990s but had been abandoned in recent years for a halfcourt man-to-man.

    Oakland (2-3) got rattled and shot only 32 percent from the field with 13 turnovers as it fell behind by 27 points in the first half. The Golden Grizzlies never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

    Maxiell, a junior power forward who worked on his dribbling and his mid-range shooting over the summer, hit jumpers as well as dunks as the Bearcats took control. He went 10-of-15 from the field and had 12 rebounds.

    Chadd Moore added 15 points, including a 3-pointer that ended an Oakland spurt that made it 69-55. Rawle Marshall led Oakland with 24 points.

    Coach Bob Huggins has been pleased with his team's depth and defense. He insisted it would rebound much better in its second game, and quickly grew agitated when the Bearcats started slowly.

    Only 77 seconds into the game, Huggins called a timeout and angrily waved all five starters off the floor after Oakland got the first three rebounds.

    It was downhill from there for the Golden Grizzlies, who were a step slow in their fifth road game in 11 days. Cincinnati finished with a 43-29 edge in rebounds.

    The Bearcats took advantage by repeatedly driving for easy layups or fastbreak dunks. Cincinnati ran out to a 40-17 lead by making 18 of its first 21 shots -- all but three of them from point-blank range.

    For the third game in a row, Oakland's leading scorer had a hard time getting an open shot. Senior guard Mike Helms, one of the nation's top returning scorers, went only 4-of-18 from the field -- and 1-of-9 on 3-point tries -- for 13 points.

    Helms is one of five returning starters off a Mid-Continent team that went 17-11 last season. He averaged 26.9 points last season, but has found good shots hard to come by.

    Xavier held him to 6-for-25 shooting from the field as the Musketeers won the Black Coaches Association Classic title game by 10 points. Helms was only 6-for-17 in a 26-point loss at Michigan, and missed 10 of his first 12 shots against Cincinnati.

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