Cy-Springs grad Phillip McDonald leads New Mexico in victory over The Citadel
Phillip McDonald, 2008 Cy-Springs graduate, scored 17 points to lead New Mexico to beat The Citadel 84-58 on Sunday.
The New Mexico Lobos (9-1) have won seven straight.
McDonald scored eight points, including a resounding two-handed dunk, during the Lobos’ 16-2 run to start the second half as New Mexico increased its 10-point advantage to 58-34. He also had a team-high six rebounds.
“He’s been one of our best rebounders all year long, which is something he’s just added to his game,” coach Steve Alford told the Associated Press. “I think that brings an awful lot of energy and enthusiasm. When your shooting guard can be your leading rebounder and your leading scorer and do the things he does, that’s a positive for us. He’s getting loose balls; he’s defending. I just think he’s in a really good rhythm right now.”
McDonald was rated as one of the top players in the state of Texas. He was a four-star recruit listed among the top 100 players in the country by Rivals.com and Scout.com. He was named the top shooting guard signee in the Mountain West Conference by Rivals.com, and he was rated in the top 10 in Texas by TexasHoops.com. He was the district MVP and first-team all-state after averaging 19 points as a senior while leading the team to a 32-7 record.
McDonald, born July 25, 1989, in Houston, is the son of Bruce and Ann McDonald.