Matt LeBlancColeman was the only Tiger in double figures, finishing with a game-high 40 points, and Thibodaux beat Patterson, 59-45, to improve to 6-2 on the season.
In the first half, though, it was all Coleman for Thibodaux.
Coleman, who signed a letter of intent to play at Lousiana-Monroe last week, was the only Thibodaux player to score until 2:19 remained in the second quarter, when Trevor Duncan made a 3-pointer to put Thibodaux in front 27-21.
“It just kind of went that way,” Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said of Coleman’s performance. “It’s nothing that was planned. He can score, and he had a lot of opportunities. We missed some other shots that we should have made, but he had a lot of easy baskets near the goal.”
As a result, Thibodaux led 31-23 at the break, and then extended its lead when other players chipped in early in the third quarter.
Jestin Major, Alvin George and Ross McMillan hit three-straight 3-pointers to increase Thibodaux’s lead to 40-23 with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter.
“We talked about (getting others involved),” Clark said of halftime. “Just get a little confidence. It didn’t look like we were shooting confidently enough in the first half. In the second half, they came out and they made some shots. That opened up a little bit for us.”
From there, Coleman scored Thibodaux’s next six points before McMillan (eight points) hit another 3 to make it 49-35 with 48 seconds left in the quarter.
Coleman’s lay up at the end of the quarter gave Thibodaux a 51-37 lead to start the fourth.
Patterson (2-2) tried to rally in the fourth, holding Thibodaux scoreless for the first 5:08 of the quarter, but the Lumberjacks never got closer than 51-43.
Taylor said Coleman’s dominating performance wasn’t a surprise.
“He did the same thing to us last year,” Taylor said “He’s a great player. If you let him get into the paint, he’s going to score. If he doesn’t score, you foul him, and he does a great job at the free-throw line.”
Dante Harris led Patterson with 13 points, while Dylan Sanders and Ricky Williams added 10 each.
Courtesy of the Daily Comet