Coastal explodes in opener

The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team opened its final season in Kimbel Arena on Friday night in impressive fashion, defeating Covenant College 96-54.

Four Chants scored in double digits, led by Anthony Raffa’s game-high 17 points, and Coastal shot 54 percent from the field as they marked the beginning of the end of an error in “The Coop.”

Coastal went on an early 9-2 run to open the game and never looked back, building an 18 point lead on a jumper by Jon Pack with 10:42 remaining in the first half. A layup by Jon Pack and a 3-pointer by Dexter Moore gave the Chants a 48-31 halftime lead.

After a layup by Sam McLaurin with 7:32 on the clock, Covenant went on an 11-6 run over the next 4:09, spurred by a three-pointer by Rosbie Mutherson to cut the Chanticleer lead to 12 with 3:23 remaining in the half.

Coastal (1-0) went on a 25-5 run early in the second half, holding the Scots (0-1) without a field goal for 8:38. Coastal finished the game with a 44-15 runs to open the season on a positive note.

Pack finished with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, while Sam McLaurin and freshman Chris Gradnigo added 11 and 10 points, respectfully.

The Chants continue their season opening four-game home stand as they welcome Methodist College on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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