CONWAY, SC – Anthony Raffa’s 20 points, including a desperation three-pointer late in the game, led Coastal Carolina to a 74-69 win over UNC Asheville Tuesday night at Kimbel Arena.
Raffa started his heroic run on the defensive end when he made a clean steal from Asheville‘s top scorer Matt Dickey, who finished with 19 points. Raffa completed the play with a 3-pointer from the left corner that put CCU up 65-56 with 3:21 to play.
“My adrenaline was pumping,” said Raffa, the team’s leading scorer on the year with a 16.6 point average. “He stole the ball from me earlier so I really wanted to get him back.”
He closed out the night by making four free throws in the last 20 seconds.
“He plays all out and he plays with passion,” said CCU head coach Cliff Ellis “It showed tonight.”
The loss snapped Asheville’s (19-8, 14-2 BSC) ten-game road winning streak in league play dating back to last season.
Matt Dickey's 19 points moved him into a tie for third-place on Asheville's all-time s