Coastal plays giant-killer at Kimbel, knocks off LSU

Coastal Carolina coach called Tuesday night’s game against SEC foe LSU the biggest home game in school history.

Now he can amend that statement to make it the biggest home win in school history.

Playing before a packed house at 1,000-seat Kimbel Arena, the Chanticleers (3-0) knocked off the Tigers 71-63 to send the home fans into a frenzy. Coastal knocked off LSU (1-1) last year in overtime, but this one was more special in the Chicken Coop.

“Without question the biggest win at Kimbel Arena because of who we played,” Ellis said after the game. “I’m glad our fans got to see it.”

Coastal’s Anthony Raffa scored a game-high 20 points, but none bigger than his 3-pointer with about 7 minutes remaining. The Tigers were on a 14-2 run that cut the Chants’ deficit to 52-51, but Raffa’s trey sparked a 9-2 run by Coastal that allowed the Chants to seal the deal.

Raffa closed the run with a pair of free throws that made it 61-53 with 2 minutes remaining and the Chants hit their free throws down the stretch to hold off LSU.

Coastal led most of the game, but LSU jumped out to an early nine-point lead that looked like another SEC team flexing its muscle against a Big South school. But the rest of the game was all Coastal, especially on the boards.

Coastal outrebounded LSU 53-34, the key difference on the stat sheet. Sam McLaurin pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds and he and Kierre Greenwood scored 13 points apiece. Raffa added 10 boards to go with his 20 points to record a double-double.

CCU newcomer and Louisiana native Chris Gradnigo saw little action against the Tigers after picking up his second foul just 4 minutes into the game. After LSU jumped out to an 18-9 lead, Coastal Carolina, the defending Big South Conference champion, closed the first half on a 25-6 run to take a 34-24 halftime lead.

“What I liked most was we didn’t panic,” Ellis said. “They got out to an early lead and Chris got into early foul trouble, but we didn’t panic and we got some great help from our bench. We actually took the lead while our bench was in there.”

Gradnigo returned to make a key steal and assist to Raffa that gave the Chants their biggest lead at 48-34, but he quickly picked up his third foul and returned to the bench. That’s when the Tigers got hot and cut the deficit to a single point before Raffa and the Chants pulled away in the end.

John Pack, who scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds, converted a 3-point play late that put the game away at 66-60 with 50 seconds remaining in the game.

Coastal plays another home game on Friday against Spalding before traveling to face an ACC foe in Clemson on Nov. 22.

Ralston Turner scored 15 points to lead the Tigers, who are staying in the Palmetto State to play in the Charleston Classic this weekend.

Photo by Randall Hill Photography

Comments

comments

SCHSL changes schedules for volleyball, tennis, swim

SCHSL changes schedules for volleyball, tennis, swimIn the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina High [more]

Chants set to enshrine nine in Athletics Hall of Fame

Chants set to enshrine nine in Athletics Hall of FameThe Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics announced Monday the nine [more]

Coastal weathers storm, Cajuns in Sun Belt debut

Coastal weathers storm, Cajuns in Sun Belt debutOn the road for 12-straight days, which included a 10-day [more]

No. 2 Tigers take care of business, top Georgia Tech

No. 2 Tigers take care of business, top Georgia TechThe No. 2 Clemson football team opened 2018 ACC play [more]

Gamecocks bounce back from week off, beat Vandy

Gamecocks bounce back from week off, beat VandyJake Bentley threw for 261 yards and a touchdown, and [more]

CCU men, women score soccer shutouts on road

CCU men, women score soccer shutouts on roadThe Coastal Carolina men's soccer team had not played another [more]

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lights

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lightsHurricane Florence 2, Horry County Schools 0. That appears to be [more]

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of storm

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of stormMyrtle Beach area golf courses, spared the worst of Hurricane [more]

SCHSL extends season but plans for Strand still afloat

SCHSL extends season but plans for Strand still afloatThe SCHSL's executive committee voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the [more]

Pelicans Young, Swarmer claim Cubs' POY awards

Pelicans Young, Swarmer claim Cubs' POY awardsMyrtle Beach Pelicans infielder Jared Young was named the Chicago [more]

Chants blow out Camels in front of Hurricane Florence

Chants blow out Camels in front of Hurricane FlorenceJust four days removed and 142 miles away from its [more]

Coastal baseball signs first BA Top 25 recruiting class

Coastal baseball signs first BA Top 25 recruiting classFor the first time in Coastal Carolina baseball program history, [more]

Hurricane Florence throws local sports scene a curve

Hurricane Florence throws local sports scene a curveIn response to the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence and [more]

Coast FA brings home five titles from Rock Hill Classic

Coast FA brings home five titles from Rock Hill ClassicCoast FA returned to the beach with five championship and [more]

CF boys finish second, MB girls net third at CCU meet

CF boys finish second, MB girls net third at CCU meetThe Carolina Forest boys finished second and the Myrtle Beach [more]

Chants explode in second half to cruise past Blazers

Chants explode in second half to cruise past BlazersCoastal Carolina football used a number of big offensive plays [more]

No. 4 Seahawks light up scoreboard, beat Braves

No. 4 Seahawks light up scoreboard, beat BravesThe No. 4-ranked Myrtle Beach football team celebrated Neon Night [more]

No. 6 Chiefs struggle their way past revitalized Sharks

No. 6 Chiefs struggle their way past revitalized SharksWithout raising his voice, without screaming his face red or [more]

Panthers take big win over Hoggard to stay unbeaten

Panthers take big win over Hoggard to stay unbeatenJackson Weatherwax knew he had the ball. Late in the fourth [more]

Football Roundup: Tigers, Saints fall, remain winless

Football Roundup: Tigers, Saints fall, remain winless* Hartsville 35, Conway 0: The Tigers (0-4) remained winless [more]

Golf: Sharks top Seahawks; Panthers knock off Braves

Golf: Sharks top Seahawks; Panthers knock off BravesThe three-time reigning state champion St. James girls golf team [more]

Chants hungry for first win in home opener vs. Blazers

Chants hungry for first win in home opener vs. BlazersThe Coastal Carolina football team will open up its 2018 [more]

Volleyball: Tigers improve to 6-0 with win over Bruins

Volleyball: Tigers improve to 6-0 with win over BruinsThe Conway High volleyball team improved to 6-0 Thursday by [more]

Week 3 Previews & Picks: MB has old score to settle

Week 3 Previews & Picks: MB has old score to settleMyrtle Beach junior quarterback Luke Doty has had this week's [more]

Tennis: Lady Panthers open season with win over Aynor

Tennis: Lady Panthers open season with win over AynorThe Carolina Forest girls tennis team served up a victory [more]

SCHSL changes schedules for volleyball, tennis, swim

SCHSL changes schedules for volleyball, tennis, swimIn the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina High [more]

Chants set to enshrine nine in Athletics Hall of Fame

Chants set to enshrine nine in Athletics Hall of FameThe Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics announced Monday the nine [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach