In his first year with the UB Men's basketball team, sophomore guard Dontay Caruthers achieved an honor never before received in program history.
He was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
"I think it's very special to be the first person in UB history," he said. "Maybe I can get it the next couple of years if I keep on going the right way."
Caruthers, who has started 13 of the last 15 games for the Bulls, has amassed 58 steals this season -- one shy for 10th most in program history.
"He just plays so hard, I think everybody sees how hard he plays, his steal percentage -- and they're not bad steals where he's gambling and leaving his teammates to play five on four" Head Coach Nate Oats added. "He's right where he is supposed to be with great technique and I think our coaching staff has done a really good job with him."
Perkins, who has accepted a different role on this year's team coming off the bench, has continued to be an impact player and earned Sixth Man of the Year, honors.
"it feel good. It's definitely lets you know that the work you put in during the offseason in paying off," Perkins said.