Lobos point guard Antino Jackson sounded almost surprised when talking about being named to the Mountain West All Defensive Team. He said the reason is because he always feels like he can play better.
“With defense, you know, our whole team plays defense so I can’t really take credit for that because sometimes other people hit the ball, get deflections and I probably just happen to come up with the ball,” said Jackson.
“You know I just got to give credit to my teammates for that.” Jackson, who also was named honorable mention all conference, is one of two Lobos to receive recognition.
Guard Anthony Mathis found out he was selected to the Mountain West All Conference third team.
Mathis is one of the top 3-point shooters in the nation. He is 49.5 percent from beyond the arc which is good for fourth in the country. He broke the UNM record for most 3-point buckets scored in a conference season with 66.
“It’s awesome,” said Mathis. “I put in a lot of work in the summer and this season, so that’s great to have. Obviously I want to go to Vegas and to March Madness so without the championship or March Madness it really want be a big deal to me.”
The Lobos, a three seed, open play in the Mountain West Tournament Thursday. If they want to go to the NCAA Tournament, they will have to win the Mountain West.