CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Tony Bobbitt showed just how excited he was to witness James White's debut with Cincinnati.
Bobbitt scored 15 points and White netted eight as the 16th-ranked Bearcats posted an 89-54 triumph over Middle Tennessee State.
Cincinnati (6-0) built another huge lead by halftime and coasted to its fifth home victory of the season behind Bobbitt, who claimed earlier this week that he was looking forward to Saturday's game and made all six shots. He was not the only one, since the home fans also were anticipating the high-flying White's debut.
"I have never played with a player like James White," Bobbitt said. "He is not selfish and I am really glad that he is back."
White, who transferred from Florida last season, came off the bench and had six points in the first half. The 6-7 forward, playing for the first time since March 2002, missed a pair of 3-point attempts - his first two shots - due to nerves.
"It was emotional out there for me, because I haven't played in a year and a half and I've been through a lot," White said. "Once I got my nerves back to normal, it was pretty easy."
Bobbitt and Eric Hicks each scored six points in a 23-4 tear that opened up a 32-15 advantage with 6:32 to go before halftime. The Bearcats had 19 points off turnovers by halftime and 35 for the game.
"Tonight I thought Tony was really good and gave us a great effort," Bearcats coach Bob Huggins said. "He was diving for loose balls and doing some things that really gave us a lot of energy."
Hicks and Armein Kirkland each chipped in 12 points as Cincinnati went away from its usual scoring leaders, Jason Maxiell and Field Williams. Maxiell spearheaded the defensive effort with four blocks.
Bearcats center Robert Whaley, playing his second game since returning from arthroscopic knee surgery, turned in an effective outing with seven points and five rebounds in 15 minutes. Cincinnati's reserves combined for 45 points, more than half its total.
"This team (Cincinnati) is just a reflection of their coach," Blue Raiders coach Kermit Davis said. "They play hard and just keep competing."
Middle Tennessee State (4-3) dropped to 1-3 on the road. Mike Dean led the Blue Raiders with a career-high 21 points, but leading scorer Tommy Gunn was stifled, managing 12 points and seven turnovers.