Colonial of the Week - Joe McDonald
Freshman Guard Scored Game-High 21 Points to Lead GW to First Win of 2012-13
Nov. 19, 2012
Name: Joe McDonald
Sport: Men's Basketball
Hometown: Lorton, Va.
High School: Landon School
Freshman guard Joe McDonald earned a share of this week's Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week award, as well as the GWsports.com Colonial of the Week, after leading the Colonials to their first victory of the 2012-13 season.
In just his second collegiate game, McDonald led all players with 21 points and added seven rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes to lift GW to a 72-59 victory at Boston University on Saturday. He made all eight of his free throw attempts and his lone three-pointer while finishing 6-of-9 from the field. He scored 12 of his 21 points and grabbed five rebounds in the second half to help the Colonials keep the Terriers at bay.
McDonald also performed on the defensive end where he helped limit BU's backcourt counterparts Maurice Watson, Jr., and D.J. Irving to combined 5-for-25 shooting.
McDonald's 21 points were the most for a GW rookie since Nemanja Mikic netted 23 points against UNC Wilmington in Nov. 2010, and the A-10 Rookie of the Week award is the first for a GW player since Mikic on Dec. 20, 2010. He shares this week's A-10 award with Dayton freshman Dyshawn Pierre.