Coastal Carolina beats UNC Asheville 74-69

The Associated Press

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) Chris Gradnigo paced Coastal Carolina in the first half and Anthony Raffa took over in the second to help Coastal Carolina beat UNC Asheville 74-69 Tuesday night, snapping a three-game skid.

Gradnigo scored 11 of his 15 points and grabbed eight of his 13 rebounds, leading the Chanticleers (18-8, 11-5 Big South Conference) to a 35-20 advantage at the break.

The Chanticleers were outscored by 10 in the second half, 49-39, despite Raffa scoring 17 of his 20 points.

The Bulldogs (19-8, 14-2) trailed 67-58 before scoring six straight to make it a three-point game with 1:11 left. J.P. Primm's 3 pulled them within three, 72-69 with 4 seconds remaining. But Raffa made both his free throws 1 second later to seal it.

Matt Dickey scored 19 points for UNC Asheville, which missed going unbeaten (8-0) on the road in league play for the first time in school history.