Dec. 28, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sophomore forward Chris Devine scored a career-high 19 points, including 13 in the second half, and senior guard Cecil Brown added 16, to lead UC Santa Barbara (5-5) to a 76-53 win over visiting Portland (5-8) on Wednesday night.
Devine made 8-of-11 shots from the field to pace UCSB's inside game. Brown made 6-of-12 shots overall, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, to lead the outside game. Brown made all three of his three-point baskets in the first six minutes of the game to give the Gauchos early momentum that they carried throughout the game.
UCSB trailed early but took the lead with 12:37 to go in the first half when guard Joe See made a lay-up, was fouled, and hit the free throw to give the Gauchos their first lead of the game, 14-13. Following a defensive stop, forward Derek Rasp made a three-pointer from above the top of the key to give UCSB a 17-13 lead and the Gauchos never trailed again.
Santa Barbara made 7-of-11 shots from three-point range in the first half, and although they cooled off from behind the line in the second half, finishing 9-for-21, the game never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.
See joined Devine and Brown in double-figures with 11 points. In making his second straight start, the senior made 4-of-6 shots overall, 2-of-4 from three-point range and he had a season-high five assists.
UCSB made 54.7% of its field goal attempts, a season-high. It marked the first time that the Gauchos made at least half of their shots in a game since the season-opener on Nov. 18.
Portland was led by forward Marcus Lewis who had 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Guard Pooh Jeter finished with 15 points.
Santa Barbara returns to action on Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, when it travels to UC Riverside for a 7:00 p.m. game. The contest will mark the opening of Big West Conference play for both teams.