OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Dion Dixon scored a career-high 23 points, and Cincinnati remained one of nine unbeaten Division I teams on Tuesday night, pulling away to a 64-48 win over Miami (Ohio).
The Bearcats (11-0) are on their longest winning streak since 2004-05, when they opened 11-0 in Bob Huggins' final season as coach.
Dixon led a fast-break offense that pulled away late in the first half after Miami (5-7) led by seven. Ibrahima Thomas had his third career double-double, getting 11 points and matching his career high with 13 rebounds as the Bearcats dominated inside.
Nick Winbush scored 11 points for Miami, which has lost its last 12 games against Cincinnati.
Power forward Julian Mavunga was Miami's leading scorer in the last five games, but had a tough time against the Bearcats' taller front line. Mavunga was 2 of 8 from the field for seven points and had five of Miami's 14 turnovers.
Miami's last win in the series came on Dec. 1, 1990 in Oxford. Cincinnati hadn't made the 45-minute drive north in nearly 18 years.
The Bearcats have eased through one of the nation's easiest nonconference schedules. Their strength of schedule is rated 336th out of the 345 Division I teams in the latest RPI rankings. Cincinnati is hoping the surplus of early wins and a solid showing in Big East play translates into its first NCAA tournament appearance since Huggins' last season.
Cincinnati is one of nine undefeated teams left in Division I. Three of them are in the Big East.
The RedHawks were trying for their second home-court upset against a local rival. They beat Xavier 75-64 in Oxford on Dec. 1, getting the early lead and holding on down the stretch.
They jumped ahead again by hitting 3s. Miami made five of its first seven shots from beyond the arc and pulled ahead 27-20 with 6:22 left in the half. Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin got a technical foul during Miami's early surge.
Cincinnati closed the half with a 15-1 run set up by fast-break points. Point guard Cashmere Wright had a steal and layup, a fast-break layup and a 3-pointer during the six-minute spurt, which made it 35-28 at the break. Miami missed eight shots and had three turnovers during the run.
The RedHawks couldn't make any shots consistently at the start of the second half, either. Darnell Wilks' 3-pointer built the lead to 48-33 with 11:58 to go, putting the Bearcats in control. After that fast start, Miami went only 1 of 13 from behind the 3-point arc the rest of the way.
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