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Jeff Allen has best game of year vs. Terps

Virginia Tech forward Jeff Allen has been the missing man in recent weeks. He has been in foul trouble and has played hardly any minutes, limiting his productivity.

But with his resurgent performance in the Hokies' double-overtime loss to Maryland on Saturday, Allen showed how he can change the Hokies' dynamic. He authored undoubtedly his best game of the year, scoring a season-high 25 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in 44 minutes.

"Pretty good, huh?" Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg said. "We made a concerted effort of going in to Jeff. And then Jeff played really hard tonight.”

Allen played with authority and aggressiveness, but was able to avoid foul trouble. That hasn't been the case. Allen had not played more than 20 minutes in any of Virginia Tech's four games prior to Saturday's.

But he showed up in a big way for most of the meeting with the Terrapins. He showed his athleticism dancing around the basket and deftly moving around defenders in the low block. He also threw down a monster alley-oop dunk from guard Malcolm Delaney to make it a 64-64 game with 9 minutes 27 seconds in the second half.

Allen made 10 for 23 attempts from the field. His performance illustrated the dynamic he can add to the Hokies, who have really been missing his productivity.

As a compliment Delaney and Dorenzo Hudson, Allen is an capable scorer and a need presence on the inside. He has shown that to be true in his career, but not so much this season. Allen has seemed to vanish during ACC play this year because of foul trouble.

For as well as Allen played for the first 40 minutes of the game, he only scored 3 points in the two overtime periods. He made only 1 of 2 shots in the extra sessions.

But while Allen faded down the stretch, it shouldn't diminish his strong performance. He picked up only three fouls in the 50-minute game. What's more, Allen was a productive compliment, despite the Hokies' loss.

By Mark Viera  |  March 1, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
 
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Hey Mark, any chance you can ask Greenberg his thoughts on timeout vs. no timeout at the end of the 2OT? Thanks.

Posted by: Hokienautic | March 1, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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