Cincinnati When Field Williams hit his first three-pointer, all Oakland knew about him was his number. A couple more threes and the Grizzlies knew his name and his game.
The freshman shooter hit three three-pointers Monday night and sparked 20-point run that swept No. 17 Cincinnati to a 97-58 victory over Oakland.
Williams, a three-point specialist who wears No. 2, hadn't played in the last two games and had taken only one shot all season and missed it.
The Bearcats (4-1) were struggling when Williams entered with 7:45 left in the first half. He hit a three-pointer from the right side, then another from the left to start the decisive spurt that concluded with yet another three by Williams.
"We've seen all their games (on tape). I had no idea who No. 2 was," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "I told my assistants: 'Who is that guy? Why didn't I know him?' He's the one who changed the game.
"He made his first three and it was, 'That's all right.' He made the second one and it's, 'Who's he?' On the third one I was ready to grab someone."
Oakland (3-6) has seen this before on the same floor. Two years ago, Oakland packed in its defense and let Cincinnati hit 24 of 48 three-point shots both school records in a 106-78 win.
Cincinnati also broke open the rematch with the three-pointer and made eight of 20 overall.
Leonard Stokes led five Cincinnati players in double figures with a career-high 23 points. Kenny Satterfield had 16 points and Williams added 13. Shooting guard Steve Logan, who had a career-high 28 points against Oakland in 1998, was sick and didn't play.
Brad Buddenborg led Oakland with 21 points.
Oakland stayed with the Bearcats for most of the first half, hitting 50 percent of its shots and turning the ball over only five times as they played to a 22-all tie with 7:45 left.
Following a timeout, Williams got his chance to finally make his mark because coach Bob Huggins was exasperated with his more experienced players.
"It's not so much what Field did but what the other guys didn't do," Huggins said. "We're going to play hard."
Oakland crumbled under Cincinnati's defensive pressure during the last 7:45 of the half, going 2-for-10 from the field with 10 turnovers as Cincinnati outscored the Grizzlies 33-4. The spurt included a technical foul on the Oakland bench.
"As soon as they sensed any hesitation on our part, that press got real good real fast," Kampe said.
Until the 7:45 mark, Cincinnati had missed four of its five three-point shots and seemed more intent on getting the ball inside than shooting from the perimeter.
Once Williams started shooting, Cincinnati started rolling. The Bearcats were 12-of-18 from the field the rest of the half, including 5-of-7 from three-point range.