Tuesday night turned out just fine.
But Nevada on the road this Saturday, and the rest of the Mountain West season for that matter, aren’t likely going to be as forgiving on a UNM roster with just eight scholarship players available, never mind that four of those missing were starters for the first dozen games of the season.
That said, relief may not be imminent for at least a couple of those missing Lobos — injured forward Vance Jackson and injured guard JaQuan Lyle, both nursing injured knees.
“I think tomorrow (Thursday) we’ll have a much better idea of where these guys will be,” UNM coach Paul Weir said on Wednesday afternoon. “I would say right now, it doesn’t seem overly likely, but you never know how these things might change.”
Lyle, who one hour before Tuesday’s game time was ruled out with a knee injury he suffered Saturday at UNLV, is getting an MRI on Thursday morning, Weir said. (He initially said Tuesday night that the MRI would be on Wednesday.) Lyle leads the Lobos in scoring and assists, but has been the target of fan frustrations of late because of his defense. He was active, happy and vocal cheering on his teammates from the bench on Tuesday.
So, too, was Jackson, who injured his left knee in the first half of the Jan. 15 road loss at Colorado State. An MRI on his knee showed a bad bone bruise, but nothing that should keep him out long-term. He has a doctor’s appointment on Thursday afternoon, Weir said.
Wednesday, the Lobos watched film and did some individual workouts, but did not have a full practice.
UNM on Tuesday turned to Zane Martin and Corey Manigault, who combined for 41 points Tuesday to help the Lobos beat San José State 86-59 at Dreamstyle Arena.
UNM (16-5, 5-3 Mountain West) plays at Nevada on Saturday in Reno.
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