Nov. 15, 2011
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina dominated the glass, out rebounding LSU 53-34, as the Chanticleers defeated the Tigers for the second consecutive year, 71-63, in front of a boisterous sold-out crowd in Kimbel Arena.
"We won the battle that you have to win to be successful, and that was the boards," said Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis. "This really and truly was a team win, I'm proud of it, this may be the biggest win in Kimbel Arena history."
After trailing 18-9 with 10:42 remaining in the first half the Chanticleers took their first lead of the game at 25-24 on a jumper by Raffa with 4:14 remaining in the first period and never trailed the rest of the game.
After Chris Gradnigo went to the bench with two personal fouls, senior Jordan Griffin entered the game scoring a career-high eight points including a three-pointer with 4:57 remaining in the half that sparked a 14-2 Coastal run after
LSU opened the second half with two quick buckets, Coastal answered back building a 14 point lead on a fast break layup by Raffa putting the Chants up 48-34 with 13:24 remaining in the game. After another Raffa layup with 12:08 remaining in the contest, the Tigers clawed back with a 14-2 run, cutting the deficit to one with 6:17 left in the game.
Raffa countered with his lone three-pointer of the night extending Coastal's lead to four with less than five minutes remaining. Coastal proceeded to build an eight point lead on a pair of free throws from the junior, as he finished the night 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
LSU cut the Chants lead back to three after a dunk by Johnny O'Bryant III with 1:20 on the clock. After a thirty second timeout, Jon Pack completed a three point play with fifty seconds remaining in the game to give the Chants a six points lead. Following a pair of missed shots by the Tigers, Coastal hit 4-of-5 free throws to ice the biggest win in Kimbel Arena history.
Coastal (3-0) is now 3-10 all-time against SEC opponents, including a 2-0 mark all-time against LSU.
The Chanticleers return to the friendly hardwood of Kimbel Arena on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. against Spalding.