Lobos outlast Iona to win home opener 90-83

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Vance Jackson and Corey Manigault scored 18 points each to lead the University of New Mexico Lobos to a 90-83 win over the Iona Gaels Tuesday night.

Jackson finished with a double-double, pulling down 12 rebounds to go with his 18 points.

Manigault had 9 rebounds. It was the best showing for Jackson since he transferred to New Mexico from UCONN.

 “I am always ready to get better the next day and the more we practice the more comfortable I get,” said Jackson.

Weir praised the play of Jackson and Manigault as the two made life on the court tough for the Gaels. “Whenever Corey or whenever Vance can play the way they do, it’s going to help us tremendously,” said Weir. “I mean, Vance is a terrific basketball player and Corey is the exact same way. We won because of those two at the end of the day.”

The Lobos had five players in double figures. Anthony Mathis had 14 points followed by Keith McGee’s 13. Vladimir Pinchuk had 10 points and 7 rebounds for the Lobos. The Gaels also had five players in double figures led by Asante Gist who had 19 points.

The game was a see-saw battle that saw nine lead changes. Once again, the Lobos struggled to protect the basketball and committed 20 turnovers while the Gaels had 15. The Lobos shot over 50 percent for the game with the Gaels right at 40 percent.

UNM also beat Iona on the glass snagging 41 rebounds to that of 34 for the Gaels. The Lobos improved to 2-0 on the season and gave The Gaels their first defeat and are now 1-1.

The Lobos will host rival New Mexico State Saturday at Dreamstyle Arena.

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