Loyola Marymount trainer gets assist

Loyola Marymount guard Vernon Teel, the team's second-leading scorer, scored a game-high 24 points in the Lions' 77-68 overtime win against Portland last night.

It helped he could see. According to a team press release:

Assistant Athletic Director of Athletic Medicine and head trainer for LMU men's basketball, Keith Ellison, made a discovery during the week, LMU point guard Vernon Teel was squinting at the television. After an eye doctor appointment discovered he had 20-50 vision, he was outfitted with contacts Friday morning.

Of course, Teel might very well have been watching highlights of LMU's upset of Gonzaga on Thursday, and the Lions have now won four of their last five games and hope to be a factor in the WCC tournament.