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Coastal Carolina defeats VMI 81-64

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) Anthony Raffa scored 26 points to lead Coastal Carolina to an 81-64 win over Virginia Military Institute Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Chanticleers (19-10, 12-6 Big South Conference), who snapped a two-game losing streak, shot 52.6 percent (30 of 52) from the field. Raffa hit four of Coastal Carolina's six 3-pointers.

VMI made only 27.8 percent (20 of 72) of its shots, but played well defensively. The Keydets (14-15, 8-10) had eight steals and scored 18 points off 17 Coastal Carolina turnovers.

There were eight lead changes and seven ties in the first half before the Chanticleers broke open the game.

Coastal Carolina led 58-53 with 9:33 to play and went on a 9-2 run to grab a 67-55 lead with 7:15 remaining. The Chanticleers kept the lead in double digits the rest of the way.

Stan Okoye had 22 points and 11 rebounds for VMI.

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