March 30, 2011
Albuquerque, N.M. --- The 2010-11 basketball season was a fun one for Lobo fans, with 22 wins, a fourth straight postseason trip, a fourth straight 20-win season, and a pair of wins over teams ranked in the top 10. Another fun part of Lobo basketball are the dunks, and the Lobos had 85 of them, led by Drew Gordon's 32. Now, fans can vote for one of Drew's 32 as the nation's best dunk, courtesy of the website Ballin' is a Habit
Gordon was nominated in two categories, for best tip-dunk, and for the best dunk of the year. Also nominated is teammate Phillip McDonald, who is up for the best two-footed dunk of the year.
Gordon's dunk was a monster, coming against San Diego State in The Pit. On the play, which occured early in the second half, Alex Kirk misses a short baseline jumper, and Gordon races over from the free throw line uncontested and grabs the rebound with his right hand after it bounded almost beyond the backboard, and he hammered it home, much to the delight of the 15,411 in attendance, including CBS College Sports announcer Steve Lappas.
ESPN's description of the dunk on their YouTube channel refers to it as "a sick dunk".
McDonald's dunk gave the Lobos the lead against Wyoming late in the first half, and it came on a 3-on-1 break after a pass from Dairese Gary, but it was the way he dunked it that put him in the running for the top two-footed dunk. Gary hit Phillip with a perfect bounce pass and dunked right over a Wyoming defender, to the point where Mtn. analyst Blaine Fowler stated "You don't want to be the guy in yellow, the guy that shows up in the picture, in the newspaper, getting dunked on. Boy, he just got dunked on, right no top of his head. That was a nasty dunk."
That dunk was one of 16 he had during the season, second only to Gordon. McDonald's dunk was the number one play on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays. Fans can vote once per category. Voting is open through April 4.