Five Bulls Garner All-MAC Postseason Honors

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BUFFALO, NY – The Mid-American Conference announced their postseason All-Conference teams on Monday afternoon and five Bulls were honored as UB closed out one of the great regular season in the history of the league.

For the second straight season, seniors CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins were named to the All-MAC First Team, while fellow senior Jeremy Harris was named to the All-MAC Second Team.  Both senior Dontay Caruthers and junior Davonta Jordan were named to the All-MAC Defensive Team.

Massinburg leads the Bulls in scoring this season at 18.5 points, while he is second on the squad in rebounding.  He has scored in double figures in all, but one game this season, starting the year on a high note with a 43-point performance at West Virginia.  Massinburg also had 25 points at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse and dropped 31 points in a nationally-televised win over Eastern Michigan.

Massinburg has been named the MAC East Player of the Week four times this year as he enters the conference tournament with 1,910 career points, the second highest in school history.  Massinburg has also moved himself into the top 17 in the history of the league in career scoring.

Perkins, who is the reigning MAC Player of the Week, was most recently named the national sixth man of the year by Bleacher Report on Monday.  Perkins is averaging 14.9 points per game and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per contest.

Perkins has hit the 20-point mark 10 times this year, including nine as a reserve, which is three more than any other bench player in the entire nation.  He had a career-best 27 points in Buffalo's win over Kent State and added 26 points in a road win at Toledo.  Perkins went over 1,700 points for his career on Friday night and he is just two points shy of fifth place on UB's all-time scoring list.

Harris is a second-team All-MAC selection for the second straight year as he is averaging 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.  In league games only, Harris leads UB with 6.6 rebounds per game and he is third on the team with 55 assists.

The Greensboro, NC native had a career best 34 points in UB's 110-80 win over Toledo, and five times this year he has scored 20 or more points in a game.  In just two seasons, Harris has racked up 966 career points in a UB uniform as he enters the MAC Tournament looking to become just 22nd 1,000 point scorer in Buffalo basketball history.  Earlier this year, Harris was named the MAC East Player of the Week.

After a one year absence, Caruthers returns to the All-MAC Defensive Team as he leads the entire MAC in charges drawn with 25. He is second on the team in steals, but offensive he is having the best year of his career, averaging 9.4 points per game.

Caruthers and fellow All-Defensive Team selection Davonta Jordan have been given the assignment of guarding some of top players in the nation and they have been up for the challenge as they helped the UB defense drop their points allowed by game by nearly 5.0 points per contest.

It is the second straight year that Jordan has been named to the All-Defensive Team as he leads Buffalo with 47 steals, having started the first 30 games, before coming off the bench in the Senior Day finale.  In addition to his strong defense, Jordan is also averaging 7.2 points per game and leads UB with 115 assists.

The MAC will announce the specialty awards over the next two days beginning with Sixth Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Freshman of the Year tomorrow.  On Wednesday, the league will announce Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.

2018-19 Men's Basketball All-MAC Selections

 

All-MAC First Team

Justin Turner, Bowling Green

C.J. Massinburg, Buffalo

Nick Perkins, Buffalo

Jaylin Walker, Kent State

Jaelan Sanford, Toledo

 

All-MAC Second Team

Demajeo Wiggins, Bowling Green

Jeremy Harris, Buffalo

Larry Austin Jr., Central Michigan

James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan

Eugene German, Northern Illinois

 

All-MAC Third Team

Tayler Persons, Ball State

Shawn Roundtree, Central Michigan

Nike Sibande, Miami

Jason Carter, Ohio

Seth Dugan, Western Michigan

 

All-MAC Honorable Mention

Daniel Utomi, Akron

Paul Jackson, Eastern Michigan

Elijah Minnie, Eastern Michigan

Nate Navigato, Toledo

Marreon Jackson, Toledo

 

All-Freshman Team

Anthony Roberts, Kent State

Mekhi Lairy, Miami

Ben Vander Plas, Ohio

Jason Preston, Ohio

AJ Edu, Toledo

 

All-Defensive Team

Dontay Caruthers, Buffalo

Davonta Jordan, Buffalo

Larry Austin Jr., Central Michigan

James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan

Darrian Ringo, Miami