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Lobo Jackson named to Mountain West All-Tournament team

March 17, 2019

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.

Until Saturday.

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