Coastal Carolina 61, Winthrop 56

Anthony Raffa came off the bench to score 23 points, including

the final nine for Coastal Carolina, as the Chanticleers defeated

Winthrop 61-56 on Saturday night.

Raffa hit 9 of 10 free-throw attempts, including 7 of 8 in the

final 1:32 to help Coastal Carolina (24-2, 15-0 Big South

Conference) win its 22nd consecutive game.

Winthrop (12-13, 8-7), which had won three straight, led by 11

with 19:46 left, but the Chanticleers tied the score at 35-all on

Desmond Holloway’s jumper with 11:37 to play.

Coastal Carolina built a 50-42 lead on Holloway’s 3-pointer with

5:01 left and extended it to 58-48 on Raffa’s layup with 46 seconds

to play.

Sam McLaurin scored 12 points, Chad Gray added 11 and Holloway

had 12 rebounds for Coastal Carolina.

Robbie Dreher scored 16 points, Reggie Middleton had 13, and

Charles Corbin added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles.