BUFFALO, NY – For the second straight year, University at Buffalo junior Nick Perkins has been named the Mid-American Conference Sixth Man of the Year. He becomes the first MAC player to win this award in back-to-back seasons since they began handing this award out in 2003.
An All-MAC First Team selection yesterday, Perkins has served as one of the top sixth men in the country as he is averaging 16.7 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per contest. In league games only, Perkins led the Bulls in scoring at 18.2 points per game. He has scored in double figures in 28 of 31 games this season, including 21 straight since coming off the bench. Perkins had a career high 26 points twice this season, first in the season-opener against Canisius and again in a home win over Northern Illinois. Perkins has three double-double this year, including 24 points and 10 rebounds against Toledo and 15 points and 11 boards at Ball State. Perkins was twice named MAC Player of the Week this season and he became the 21st member of UB's 1,000-point club during Buffalo's game at Ohio.
Perkins joins Mark Bortz as the only two Buffalo players to be named Sixth Man of the Year as Bortz earned the honor in 2005.
Perkins was one of three Mid-American Conference players honored on Tuesday with individual awards as Eastern Michigan's Tim Bond was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year and Miami's Nike Sibande was named the MAC Freshman of the year.
The league honors conclude tomorrow with the MAC Coach of the Year and MAC Player of the Year.