March 9, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior forward Chris Devine was named First Team All-Big West Conference, it was announced Monday. It is the fourth consecutive year that the Eagle River, Alaska has earned all-conference honors.
"Chris is very deserving of this honor," said Gaucho head coach Bob Williams. "There have been times this year when he has really had to take on the role of carrying us. This has been, without question, his best season. I think Chris has been better in virtually every area of his game."
Devine enters Thursday's Big West Tournament quarterfinal game as UCSB's leading scorer at 15.5 points per game, and its leading rebounder at 6.5 per outing. He is shooting 52.4% overall and 76.9% from the free throw line. In 16 conference games he has been even better, averaging 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 53.2% from the floor and 77.2% from the free throw line.
A two-time Big West Player of the Week, Devine has recorded four double-doubles in 2008-09. On Feb. 14, in a comeback win over Cal Poly, he scored a career-high 29 points and one game later he had 26 in a win over Pacific. In all, he scored 20 or more points eight times, including seven times against Big West opponents.
In addition to his outstanding season, Devine is completing an outstanding career in Santa Barbara. He has moved into fourth-place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,577 career points, and he has moved into fifth all-time in rebounds with 710. He needs just four points to pass Mark Hull and assume the third position on the scoring list. Additionally, he has joined Doug Rex (1968-71) as one of just two players in school history to rank among the top-five in both points and rebounds.
In 2005-06 and 2006-07, Devine was named Second Team All-Big West and in 2007-08, he was an Honorable Mention All-Big West honoree. He joins Branduinn Fullove as the only UCSB players to earn all-league honors four straight years.
Devine and the fourth-seeded Gauchos, who have won three straight and seven of their last eight, have a bye in the first round of the Big West Tournament. They will play their quarterfinal game on Thursday, Mar. 12 against the highest remaining seed from Wednesday's games. In the first round on Wednesday, No. 5 UC Irvine plays No. 8 UC Davis, and No. 6 UC Riverside plays No. 7 Cal State Fullerton. The only one of the four that UCSB cannot play is UC Davis.
Santa Barbara's quarterfinal game on Thursday will be the late game of the evening session at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tip-off time will be 30 minutes following the conclusion of the early game, or at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Big West Tournament remain available and can be purchased from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by phone at 805-893-UCSB, or on-line by clicking here.