CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Tony Bobbitt helped Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins beat his former team.
Bobbitt, a reserve guard, scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half as the 19th-ranked Bearcats routed Akron, 88-66.
"Tony's a great teammate," said Huggins, who coached Akron from 1984-89, going 97-46. "He has a great attitude and he listens now while he's on the bench and knows what's going on when he gets in the game. There is a lot of advantage to coming off the bench."
"I don't have any problem with it," Bobbitt said of coming off the bench. "My father always said, 'It's not who starts the game, it's who finishes.'"
Nick Williams added 14 points and Field Williams 12 for Cincinnati (1-0), which won its season opener for the 23rd time in 24 years.
Cincinnati trailed, 8-7, before Chadd Moore made a layup and free throw with 15:07 left in the first half to commence a 17-0 run over the next 7:15 that gave the Bearcats the lead for good.
"Cincinnati can make you struggle offensively, so you better be patient and move the ball around," Akron coach Dan Hipsher said.
The Bearcats took a 44-21 advantage into the break and led between 17 and 28 points thereafter.
Derrick Tarver had 20 points to pace the Zips (0-1). Reserves Rick McFadden and Dru Joyce III added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Joyce, a freshman, played on NBA star rookie LeBron James' high school team in Akron last season.
"Ricky helped us by coming in and moving the ball around, and Dru did also," Hipsher said. "They both played themselves into more playing time."
Cincinnati is 11-8 all time against Akron and has won the last seven meetings in the series.