CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Cincinnati hadn't lost consecutive home games at Fifth Third Arena since it opened in 1989. Jason Maxiell and Nick Williams made sure it didn't happen on their watch.
Maxiell scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half and Williams added a career-high 22 as No. 18 Cincinnati snapped Charlotte's nine-game winning streak, 80-58, in a Conference USA matchup.
The Bearcats were in danger of losing their second straight after squandering a 17-point lead in Saturday's 69-66 loss to Louisville.
With Cincinnati trailing, 28-24, at the half, Williams knocked down four 3-pointers and Maxiell scored eight points, including three straight baskets, as the Bearcats (15-2, 4-1 C-USA) went on a 20-5 run to take a 49-36 advantage with 12 minutes to play. Williams' fifth from the arc pushed the lead to 62-47 with just over six minutes left.
"I'm really proud of Nick (Williams) because he struggled so much early and he has really worked at it," Bearcats coach Bob Huggins said. "He has listened and he's really tried to respond to what we asked him to do."
Prior to his last three games, Williams had scored just 18 points in his previous five games.
Cincinnati held Charlotte to 29.5 percent (18-of-61) shooting and outrebounded the 49ers, 52-33. The Bearcats came into the game ranked second in the nation in scoring defense (61.5) and third in field goal defense (36 percent). They scored 56 points in the second half - their largest output in a single half this season.
"The second half was quite a display of how good they can be," Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz said. "We weren't very good and we displayed that. ... Physically they were the dominant team and we weren't ready for that. Hopefully we can learn from that."
Williams, who finished 6-of-10 on 3-pointers, was 6-of-8 from 3-point range in Saturday's loss to Louisville.
"I was just trying to find my rhythm," Williams said. "We shoot a lot and I knew we were going to make some shots. I was being too passive, so I wanted to shoot with more confidence."
Maxiell, who took just four shots against Louisville on Saturday and missed all four attempts in the first half in this one, made 9-of-13 after intermission.
"This was a huge win for us," Huggins said. "They are one of the biggest teams in the league. With all due respect to our guys, they played without their point guard and I don't think their offense ran smoothly without him."
Huggins was referring to Mitchell Baldwin, who was out with a shoulder injury.
Brendan Plavich scored 19 points on 5-of-13 from 3-point range and Eddie Basden added 13 for the 49ers (12-3, 3-1), who had won six straight on the road and were hoping to knock off the Bearcats in Cincinnati for the second straight year.