Raffa’s 29 helps Coastal shake off rust, Lynchburg

The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team needed a half or so to shake off the effects of 10 consecutive days off for finals.

The Chanticleers (9-1) struggled against Division II Lynchburg College (7-4) until the second half, pulling away for an 86-61 victory on Friday night at Kimbel Arena.

Coastal guard Anthony Raffa scored a game- and career-high 29 points, with 17 of them coming in the second half, to lead the Chants. He scored his previous career-high of 28 in the Chants’ last outing – a win at The Citadel on Dec. 6.

Chris Gradnigo added 18 points and Sam McLaurin added 13 points for Coastal, which led by only five points at halftime, 45-40, before going on a run that broke the game wide open.

“It’s good to get the exams out of the way, shake of some of the rust and have a game like this to get ready for next week,” Coastal coach Cliff Ellis said.

Coastal travels to face East Carolina on Monday before returning home to host College of Charleston on Thursday.

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