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Allen in foul trouble for Hokies

Forward Jeff Allen is one of Virginia Tech’s most talented scorers, and he can prove it on any given night. But Allen has been limiting himself by getting into foul trouble.

In the Hokies’ 74-62 win over Georgia on Sunday, Allen came off the bench for a second straight game in order to keep him available toward the end of the game. He played well defensively in limiting Bulldog standout Trey Thompkins, but he also had four fouls.

“We’ve got to eliminate the unforced fouls, the ones that he can control,” Coach Seth Greenberg said, adding that there are “certain fouls that are going to happen in a game.”

“What we’ve got to do is edit out the fouls and eliminate the senseless fouls,” Greenberg said.

Allen came off the bench about five minutes into the game and scored nine points in 12 minutes in the first half against Georgia. But in the second half, he picked up all four of his fouls and scored only two points in eight minutes. He earned two of those fouls about two minutes apart, and picked up his fourth with 7 minutes 23 seconds remaining.

Before Sunday, Allen had fouled out of two of the Hokies’ previous three games.

Allen’s propensity for fouling in recent games has put an extra burden on guard Malcolm Delaney. As Virginia Tech’s primary scorer, Delaney has had to shoulder a bigger load in the absence of a second threat like Allen.

Delaney, who scored 31 points on Sunday, said it was better to keep Allen on the bench until later in the game.

“It’s better when we can keep Jeff in the game at the end of the game rather than getting those early fouls, and then kind of getting himself out of the game by being frustrated,” Delaney said.

The Hokies (6-1) play host to Virginia Military Institute (4-3) on Wednesday at Cassell Coliseum.

By Mark Viera  |  December 7, 2009; 11:19 AM ET
 
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