Patterson emerged from a back-and-forth game in the second half to defeat Mervo, 57-51, in the Clippers’ first true road game of the season.
The lead changed hands several times from the middle of the third quarter on, but Patterson (4-1) sealed the victory late with timely defense and clutch free throws.
Junior guard Kwynten Brooks made six free throws in the final quarter and came up with a big offensive rebound and steal to help the Clippers hold on. Brooks finished with 12 points, three rebounds and three steals.
Mervo worked its way back from a 26-10 deficit in the first half and Patterson led 27-21 at halftime. Mervo took the lead in the third quarter but could never extend it past three points.
Sophomore point guard Dereck Oliver hit a late 3-pointer to tie the game and helped finish it at the free-throw line. Oliver finished with 12 points, three assists, three rebounds and four steals.
In all, Patterson forced 30 turnovers. Senior guard Devante Conyers led the Clippers on the defensive end with six steals in addition to nine points. Freshman center Desmond Brown had three blocked shots and two steals to go along with six points and five rebounds.
Junior guard Dawan Bass also had a solid effort in the victory, scoring 11 points and adding eight rebounds, including a put back off of a missed free throw to extend Patterson’s lead to 55-50 with less than a minute left. Senior forward Eric Woods had two points, five rebounds and two blocks.
Patterson is back in action at home on Thursday against WEB DuBois.