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Teel Impresses West Coast Conference, Named Player of Week


Former Chipola Indian and current Loyola Marymount junior guard Vernon Teel continues to show signs of having the best season of his career.

This past week, Teel was honored by the West Coast Conference as the Co-Player of the Week after helping to lead the Lions' to their biggest non-conference win of the decade.

Teel earned his second double-double of his career with 24 points and 11 rebounds to lift the LMU Lions to an 87-85 win over Notre Dame on the road Saturday. He added six assists, just two turnovers and a steal in handing the Fighting Irish their first non-conference home loss since 2005 and the Lions first win over a current member of the Big East since 1988.

Down three, 85-82, with 1:50 to play, Teel single-handedly took the ball from the Notre Dame guard and streaked down for a lay-in, cutting the lead to 85-84. Then his defense with less than 20 seconds to play forced a five-second call, giving the Lions possession and a chance to win. Junior Larry Davis delivered a perfect pass to sophomore Jarred DuBois, who drilled a three-pointer, giving the Lions the win.

Teel, who is among the nation's leaders with 6.25 assists per game, finished the week averaging 15 points, 6.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals. He averaged 13-for-23 from the field (56.5 percent)

The junior from New York is second on the team in points with 13.2 per contest, tops in the WCC in assists with 68, among the leaders in steals with 19 and second on the team in rebounds with 5.5 per game.

During his tenure at Chipola, Teel helped lead the Indians to a Panhandle Conference Championship, NJCAA Region VIII Championship, and an overall record of 35-2.  Teel averaged 8.7 points, 2.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds per game.
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