Created: February 10, 2020 10:36 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The Lobo basketball team got a key piece of the team back over the weekend.
Vance Jackson returned after missing three weeks due to a knee injury. His trust in the healing process paid off when he scored 20 points during his first game back on Saturday.
“Everybody was thinking like I'm just taking my time. I was really just grinding in my recovery process trying to just get back on the court as soon as possible even though we were struggling or use it as motivation just to get back on the winning side,” he said.
Jackson’s shots weren’t falling right away, but he stuck with it—ending the night with a career high 6 three-pointers.
“I feel like every time I shoot it I'm gonna make it. It's just the first half was a little slow. My teammates trusted me and I just let it fly,” he said.
In a season of constant adversity, Jackson wants to help the Lobos build momentum with March Madness right around the corner.
“We're all staying the course. We're all in the gym. We all have trust in each other and at the end of the day we all know who we are. We came here for different reasons,” Jackson said. “I want us to win. I'm trying to get to the tournament. I'm not going to lie to you, I feel like everybody wants us in the tournament, the whole fan base, New Mexico—everybody wants to get to the tournament.”
“We're all hungry for it so I'm just trying to do the best that I can,” he said.
Jackson and the Lobos will take on fourth-ranked San Diego State Tuesday.
Tipoff is 9 p.m. MST.
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