Louisiana-Lafayette 83, N. Arizona 66

Junior-college transfer Kadeem Coleby made an instant impact in

his debut for Louisiana-Lafayette, scoring 16 points and blocking

eight shots in an 83-66 win against Northern Arizona on Friday

night at the Hilltop Challenge.

Coleby, a 6-9 center from Daytona College, took advantage of an

undersized Lumberjacks (0-1) roster to score 12 points in the

second half, when the Ragin’ Cajuns (1-0) led by as many as 21.

Darshawn McClellan added 13 points and Bryant Mbamalu had 12

points with three assists in what was both teams’ season

opener.

James Douglas led Northern Arizona with 21 points. The

Lumberjacks were undone by their own shooting – 35.1 percent – and

an inability to stop the Ragin’ Cajuns, who hit 62.3 percent from

the floor.

J.J. Thomas, a preseason first-team All-Sun Belt Conference

selection, had nine points, eight rebounds and six assists for

Louisiana.