Jackson named MW player of the week

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By The Staff

Senior Antino Jackson of The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team has been named Mountain West Player of the Week following leading the Lobos to a pair of victories this week, the league announced on Monday.

The honor marks the first Mountain West award for Jackson who came to the Lobos as a graduate transfer from Akron prior to this season.

Jackson led UNM to a pair of comeback victories on the week over UNLV (85-81) scoring 17 points on the road and against San Diego State at home, averaging 20.5 points per game while tallying 11 assists.

On Saturday, he powered the Lobos to a 79-75 victory over SDSU in Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit with a career-high 24 points.

His previous career-high was 23, which he achieved twice at Akron.

With just 43 seconds left on the clock Saturday, Jackson turned a 6-0 Lobo run into a 9-0 run with a 3-pointer to take the first UNM lead since 13:39 in the first half. After SDSU tied it 75-75, Jackson hit the eventual game-winning jumper with 22 seconds left on the clock to put the Lobos back on top for good, 77-75.

In 28 minutes against SDSU, Jackson did not commit a single turnover as the Lobos’ primary ball handler.

He averaged 30.5 minutes, 20.5 points and 5.5 assists to go along with three steals on the week.

From the floor, Jackson fired at a clip of 48.1 percent (13-27), 52.9 percent (9-17) from three and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Against SDSU on Saturday, Jackson shot an outstanding 66.7 percent from the floor (8-12), 60 percent from 3-point range (6-10) and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.

On the season, Jackson is averaging 23.0 minutes and 10.4 points per game and shooting 42.9 percent from the field.

His 41.6 percent from 3-point range marks him seventh in the league and he also ranks fourth in the conference in assists with 3.8 per game.

In conference play, Jackson is tied for first with 5.5 assists per game.

He also ranks eighth among all games in the Mountain West in assist to turnover ratio (1.7).

After a week away from the court, Jackson and the rest of the Lobos return to action on Saturday as they take on Colorado State at 7 p.m. inside Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit.