CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Jason Maxiell and Cincinnati were supposed to get a test. Dayton proved to be anything but a competitive opponent.
Maxiell scored 19 points and Nick Williams sparked a strong first half as the 12th-ranked Bearcats cruised to their 15th straight home win over the 23rd-ranked Flyers, 82-53.
Cincinnati (7-0) won its first seven games by an average of more than 21 points, although it had not faced a ranked team. Dayton, off to its best start since the 1955-56 season, was supposed to provide a departure from that trend.
The Flyers (9-1), who struggled in recent home wins over Wagner and IUPUI, instead continued their futility at the Bearcats' home. Dayton has not won at Cincinnati since a 70-69 victory during the 1970-71 season.
"I am disappointed with how we played and competed over this 40-minute stretch," said Dayton coach Brian Gregory, who suffered his first loss. "I thought Cincinnati came out with something to prove and they did."
Williams scored all of his 11 points by halftime as Cincinnati built a 44-25 cushion. Dayton committed 17 of its season-high 28 turnovers in the first half, sealing its fate.
"We knew that we could make a statement if we could beat them handily," Williams said. "We love to do what we are doing and we go through a lot to step out and play in front of our great fans."
Maxiell hit his first four shots as the Bearcats jumped out to a 10-1 lead. Cincinnati's leading scorer proclaimed before the game that it would be a statement if his team won by 20 - it performed even better.
Cincinnati avenged a 75-69 loss at Dayton last season.
"I knew if we came out and hit shots, we would take it to them," Maxiell said. "I think we took it more personal this year and just came out and took it to them."
The Bearcats' harshest critic, coach Bob Huggins, felt that Cincinnati's depth was a big factor. Huggins used nine players who logged at least 14 minutes.
"I told this team from day one that our strength was in our numbers," Huggins said. "I thought we had nine guys who played pretty good tonight."
Dayton, which shot 33 percent (6-of-18) in the first 20 minutes, trailed by as many as 23 points in the opening half. Sean Finn scored 17 points to lead the Flyers.