Brown, Devine Earn Second Team All-Big West Recognition

March 6, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior guard Cecil Brown and sophomore forward Chris Devine were each named Second Team All-Big West Conference, it was announced Monday.

Brown finished the regular season as UCSB's leading scorer at 13.4 points per game, a figure that ranked him ninth in league. He also finished with 40 three-point baskets, 2.1 assists per game, 3.9 rebounds per game and a free throw percentage of 78.7%. Devine ranked 12th in the league in scoring at 12.5 points, seventh in rebounding at 6.0 per game and first in field goal percentage at 55.8%.

"I am very happy for both Cecil and Chris," said Gaucho head coach Bob Williams. "Each have went through a very difficult time last season and worked so hard to get back. It is great to see them rewarded for their hard work and accomplishments."

Brown and Devine both missed the entire 2004-05 season with injuries. Brown suffered knee and ankle injuries and Devine had knee surgery before the start of practice for last season and did not return. Each had already redshirted a season and thus, lost the year of eligibility. At the proper time, UCSB will petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility for Brown and Devine.

This marks the first time since 2003 that UCSB has had a player named to the first or second team. It also marks the first time since 2003 that the Gauchos have placed two players on the all-league teams.