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Updated: Sunday, December 28, 2003 1:41 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
(12) Cincinnati 83, Miami Ohio 63

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- James White and Cincinnati cruised in a friendly "road" environment.

White scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half as the 12th-ranked Bearcats remained unbeaten with an 83-63 rout of Miami Ohio at the U.S. Bank Arena.

Cincinnati (8-0) matched its best start since the 1999-2000 season by beating its oldest rival. The Bearcats and RedHawks have met 140 times and Cincinnati has won the last six matchups.

This was considered a "home game" for Miami, although it was played downtown, just a short bus ride from Cincinnati's campus. The Bearcats improved to 109-50 at the building formerly known as the Riverfront Coliseum, which served as their home from 1976-87.

White, who made his debut a week ago, turned in his best effort by coming off the bench to torch Miami early and often. Field Williams also scored 14 points as Cincinnati placed four players in double figures.

"I knew it would take a couple of games for me to get back because I had been out awhile," White said. "Once I start to understand Huggs' (Bob Huggins) offense, and understands the players around me, it was easy."

Miami (4-5) has not beaten Cincinnati since the 1990-91 season. Danny Horace and Chet Mason led the RedHawks with 10 points apiece.

White's 3-pointer and Kareem Johnson's layup opened up a 15-7 lead for Cincinnati and another shot from the arc from White made it 28-10 with 7:18 left before halftime. The Bearcats led by as many as 20 points in the first half and coasted.

Armein Kirkland's two foul shots made it 68-40 with 8:13 remaining, the biggest lead for Cincinnati.

"Tonight we played a very good team that is going to get a whole lot better," Miami coach Charlie Coles said. "I didn't think they played particularly well, but we didn't either."

Cincinnati scored 22 points off 16 turnovers; it entered averaging nearly 28 points off miscues. The aggressiveness of Kirkland and White resulted in 35 free-throw attempts.

"I think our ball pressure wears them down," White said. "It's not about getting turnovers every time, you're not going to get them every time. I think tonight we made them play our game."

No Bearcat saw action for more than 27 minutes as coach Bob Huggins was able to employ his entire bench. He has been able to do it all year - Cincinnati has 10 players averaging at least 14 minutes.

"We scored because we have some good players," Huggins said. "We didn't score because we run good offense and we didn't score much off the defense."


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