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      CCU basketball players honored by Big South Conference

      Sam McLaurin earned academic honors for a second straight season.


      Coastal Carolina's Chris Gradnigo and Anthony Raffa were named to the Big South Conference Second-Team All-Conference by the league on Sunday. Forward Sam McLaurin made the Big South All-Academic team for the second straight year.

      In his senior season, Gradnigo averaged 15.1 points and 6.4 rebounds. Raffa finished the regular season by leading the Chants in scoring at a clip of 16.9 a game. He also averaged nearly two steals a game ranking him third in the conference.

      McLaurin is CCU's career leader in blocked shots with 154. He averaged 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. The communication major has a 3.48 GPA.


      2011-12 MENâ??S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE


      First-Team All-Conference

      Matt Dickey, G, Sr., UNC Asheville

      Nick Barbour, G, Sr., High Point

      Jesse Sanders, G, Sr., Liberty

      Kelvin Martin, F, Sr., Charleston Southern

      Eric Griffin, F, Sr., Campbell (tie)

      Alâ??Lonzo Coleman, F, R-Sr., Presbyterian College (tie)

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