CJ Massinburg played on the championship team and Nick Perkins had a successful tournament as the two former University at Buffalo standouts wrapped up their participation on Saturday in the 67th Portsmouth Invitational basketball tournament in Virginia. The PIT is a showcase for senior college players.
Massinburg’s Portsmouth Partnership completed a 3-0 tournament showing, defeating Sales Systems, 90-81, in the championship game. Massinburg had nine points in the victory, giving him 22 in three games. He made 9 of 25 shots and 2 of 8 3-pointers while collecting 13 rebounds.
He’s shared backcourt duty with Chris Clemons, who averaged 30.1 points a game for Campbell University last season. Clemons had 20 points in the championship game.
Earlier Saturday, Perkins helped his K&D Rounds team win the fifth-place game, 89-88, over Cherry Bekaert. For the tournament, Perkins averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds a game, making 23 of 38 field goal attempts (62 percent). He led his team in scoring, topping teammate Fletcher Magee (Wofford) who had 41 points in the tournament, 33 coming on 11 of 21 3-pointers.
Massinburg and Perkins were among 36 players named to the 2018-19 Lou Henson All-America team on Friday. The team named in honor of the former New Mexico State and Illinois coach who accumulated 779 Division I wins, is presented annually to the nation's top mid-major players in Division I basketball.
The team is led by Ja Morant the Murray State scoring sensation. Massinburg and Perkins were the only Mid-American Conference player selected. Cameron Young of Quinnipiac was the only Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference player selected.
None from the Atlantic 10, which is rated a major for the Henson selections.