CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Jason Maxiell bounced back in a big way.
Maxiell had 14 points in 14 minutes in the first half as No. 19 Cincinnati bolted to a big early lead and routed Oakland, 89-60.
Maxiell, a member of the Conference USA preseason first team, got his junior year off to a rough start with a 2-of-9 shooting performance in the season opener against Akron. Cincinnati (2-0) went on to win that game and Maxiell found a way to regroup in this one.
Making 5-of-7 shots and all four of his free-throw attempts, Maxiell ignited a big opening 20 minutes for the Bearcats. Chadd Moore added 10 points off the bench as Cincinnati shot 65 percent from the floor in the first half and led 52-30 at the break.
Maxiell finished with a career-high 26 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes. He recorded his 10th career double-double and eclipsed his previous career high of 24 points - set against Oklahoma State on February 9.
Moore had a career-high 15 points and fellow reserve Eric Hicks chipped in 11 and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. Ten different Bearcats scored as Cincinnati improved to 3-0 all-time against Oakland.
But all was not well with coach Bob Huggins, who criticized the starters' efforts.
"I wasn't happy with the five we started," he said. "We were playing too many guys with no energy. I think we are going to have to take a hard look at the five guys that we are putting out there."
Huggins, who substituted all five starters in one first-half stretch, said the attitude is a bit of a carryover from last season.
"We are not going to go through another year of going through the motions," he added. "We are going to play like we used to. We aren't going to win all the time, but we are going to play."
Moore thought the bench got the message.
"I just came in and played with a lot of energy," Moore said.
Rawle Marshall led the Grizzlies with 24 points and seven rebounds, but Oakland (2-3) was hampered by 21 turnovers and 4-of-20 shooting from beyond the arc.
All five of Oakland's games have been away from home.
"They just kicked our tail in the first 10 minutes," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "They just get you panicking and we panicked."
Cincinnati raced to a 17-6 lead 4:32 into the contest and was ahead 45-19 following a jumper by Field Williams with 5:12 left in the half.
The Bearcats had a 32-10 edge in points in the paint over the opening 20 minutes.