Coastal Carolina 86, Lynchburg 61

Anthony Raffa scored 26 points and Coastal Carolina broke open a

tight game in the second half to trounce Lynchburg College 86-61

Friday night.

The Chanticleers (9-1), playing their first game after a 10-day

layoff, led 45-40 at intermission. But they dominated the Division

III Hornets (7-4) in the second half, outscoring them 41-21.

Raffa and Chris Gradnigo (18 points, nine rebounds) combined for

the Chanticleers’ first 15 points and 20 of their first 21. They

led by as many as 15 points, but a Lynchburg surge late in the

first half and poor foul shooting by Coastal Carolina kept it close

at halftime.

The Chanticleers hit 6 of 15 from the line. With Michael Wims

scoring 12 of his 16 points, Lynchburg trailed by five at halftime.

But the taller Chanticleers dominated thereafter. They shot 55.9

percent from the floor in the second half, making 17 of 30