CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Tony Bobbitt put on a shooting display of which Vince Carter would have been proud.
Bobbitt scored 19 of his career-high 29 points in the first half as Cincinnati built a huge lead and handed No. 5 Oregon its first loss, 77-52, at the Jimmy V Classic.
Bobbitt attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, the same school as Carter, before a solid junior college career at the College of Southern Idaho.
The 6-4 shooting guard was having trouble finding his role in his first season with Cincinnati (5-2) as he was scoreless in his last game and had just 28 points this season.
"It as a big night for me, but I have to continue," he said. "This brought my confidence back with the No. 5 team in the country here."
It took just one half for Bobbitt to surpass his season total as he fell just short of outscoring Oregon (6-1) in the first half, 24-19.
Bobbitt nailed back-to-back 3-pointers and Leonard Stokes added another as Cincinnati rattled off 13 straight points for an early 17-4 bulge.
The Ducks climbed within 22-15 on a pair of free throws by Luke Ridnour before Cincinnati's Jason Maxiell answered with a jumper. Bobbitt again nailed back-to-back 3-pointers and made three foul shots for a 33-15 lead.
Bobbitt added a layup on the fast break and capped his big half with a steal and thunderous dunk reminiscent of Carter with 1:45 left for a 41-19 cushion.
"He's watching tonight," Bobbitt said of Carter. "He's always giving me advice."
Ironically, Bobbitt was considered another of coach Bob Huggins' questionable recruits. Bobbitt developed a reputation as a "bad guy," in his own words, but has found a coach he can relate to in Huggins.
"When Huggs calls you this name and that name, you have to understand that it will make you better down the road," Bobbitt said. "There isn't anything I wouldn't do for Huggs."
Bobbitt made 6-of-9 shots, including four 3-pointers. His 19 points in the first half equaled the output of his team's football team in its loss to North Texas on Tuesday night in the New Orleans Bowl. He finished 9-of-14 from the floor.
"When Tony makes shots like that, we get confidence," Huggins said.
"He really came off the bench and gave them a lot of energy," Ridnour said. "We couldn't match that."
The Ducks' high octane-offense averaged over 92 points per game in its first six contests, but the scoring tandem of Luke Jackson and Ridnour was held to 19 points on 7-of-23 shooting.
"Cincinnati played an outstanding basketball game," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "They totally dominated our basketball team, played tougher than us in all aspects."
Bobbitt sat for the first five minutes of the second half before entering and catching fire again. He nailed a turnaround jumper and a long 3-pointer for a 60-30 cushion with just under 12 minutes remaining. Bobbitt and Bearcats point guard Taron Barker exchanged an emphatic chest bump afterward.
A 3-pointer by Bobbitt made it 68-33 with just over nine minutes remaining.
"We've seen him do it a couple of times in practice," Bearcats forward Jason Maxiell said. "We just needed him to do it in the game."
Maxiell collected a career-high 20 points and 13 rebounds for Cincinnati, which shot 47.5 percent (28-of-59). Stokes added 15 points as the Bearcats posted the largest margin of victory in the history of the Jimmy V Classic.
"We came out and played with a lot of confidence," Huggins said. "If we shoot 48 percent, we will beat a lot of people."
Ridnour was the lone Duck in double figures, with 10 points, and Jackson added nine. Oregon shot a woeful 18.5 percent (5-of-27) from beyond the arc.
The 52 points was the lowest total in the eight-year history of the event