Lobo Jackson named to Mountain West All-Tournament team
UNM Lobo Vance Jackson celebrates with fans after the Jan. 5 win over Nevada in Dreamstyle Arena - the Pit. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)In 20 years of Mountain West basketball, there had never been a player make the league’s all-tournament team from a team that did not at least play in the semifinals.
After his breakout performance this week in Las Vegas, Nev., UNM Lobo sophomore forward/guard Vance Jackson on Saturday was selected as one of the five players named to the 2019 Mountain West Championship All-Tournament Team, as voted on by league media covering the tournament.
In two games -- a first round win over Wyoming and a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Utah State -- Jackson averaged 25.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals.
No. 2 Utah State on Saturday evening defeated No. 4 San Diego State in the tournament title game, 64-57, in the Thomas &MacK Center, earning the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
The entire all-tournament team was:
??Sam Merrill, Jr., Utah State
??Neemias Queta, Fr., Utah State
? Devin Watson, Sr., San Diego State
? Jalen McDaniels, So., San Diego State
? Vance Jackson, So., New Mexico
Tournament MVP: Sam Merrill, Utah State