CONWAY, S.C. – Anthony Raffa scored 19 points as Coastal Carolina held on to beat Liberty 77-71 on Thursday night, extending its win streak to 19 games.
The Chanticleers (21-2, 12-0 Big South Conference) never trailed and led 66-47 with 4:14 left to play, but a 13-1 run by the Flames cut that lead to 67-60 with 1:25 remaining.
A free throw from David Minaya pulled Liberty (16-8, 10-2) within four, 73-69, with 6 seconds on the clock, but Coastal Carolina went 4 of 4 from the free-throw line to seal the win.
Desmond Holloway scored 16 points, Chad Gray and Danny Nieman added 12 apiece and Kierre Greenwood 10 for the Chanticleers, who shot 50 percent from the line (16 of 32).
Coastal Carolina outscored the Flames 50-26 in the paint and scored 21 points off 19 turnovers.
Evan Gordon led the way for Liberty with 26 points, Minaya finished with 20 and Jesse Sanders chipped in 10.