Raffa nets career-high 32 to spark Chants rally past G-W

Coastal Carolina senior Anthony Raffa scored a career-high 32 points and led a virtual one-man comeback to lift the Chanticleers to a 70-56 victory over host Gardner-Webb on Saturday night.

Trailing 34-27 in the second half, Raffa scored 14 straight points for Coastal and carried the Chants on a 17-4 run during that stretch to take the lead for good and avoid an upset to the Runnin’ Bulldogs.

Coastal’s Chris Gradnigo, who scored 15 points, hit a shot to end the all-Raffa run. But the Chants’ leading scorer struck again with a dagger of a 3-pointer while being fouled.

Raffa’s free throw gave him 18 of 20 points for Coastal and made it a 50-44 lead midway through the second half as the Chants proceeded to put the game away.

The victory keeps Coastal (16-5 overall, 9-2 Big South) in the hunt for the regular-season conference title behind first-place UNC Asheville (16-7, 11-1), which defeated Campbell 95-84 on Saturday. The Chants host UNCA on Feb. 6.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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