Tusculum University basketball guard Donovan Donaldson has been named the Applebee's Male Student-Athlete of the Month for February. He earns this honor for the second time this year.
Donaldson averaged 17.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game to lead the Tusculum men's basketball team to a 6-1 record in February including five in a row to close out the month and climb into a tie for fifth place in the South Atlantic Conference standings. For the month, he also averaged 3.4 assists per contest and shot 74.1 percent from the free throw line.
He opened the month by matching a career-high with his 32-point performance in Tusculum's double-overtime win at Newberry on Feb. 2. He followed with 23 points at No. 11 Queens (Feb. 9) and tallied 21 points in a road win at Mars Hill (Feb. 13). In all three games, Donaldson made five 3-pointers in each contest.
He tallied 12 points in a home win over Lenoir-Rhyne (Feb. 16) and followed that with 10 points in a 79-65 victory at Carson-Newman (Feb. 20). But one of his biggest games came on Feb. 27 when he posted a game-high 27 points and five assists in Tusculum's 78-76 home victory over Lincoln Memorial and snapping a 24-game losing streak to the Railsplitters.
Donaldson is averaging 15.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season.
The Tusculum Student-Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Greeneville. The Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month Award honors one male and one female student-athlete each month from an in-season sport during the 2018-2019 academic year, recognizing their hard work, effort and performance.