WASHINGTON – Subpar play earlier this season probably cost Lavoy Allen the Big Five player-of-the-year honor.
But you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in Philly playing better than the Temple power forward at this point of the season.
Allen recorded his eighth double-double of the season today to lead the Owls to a 57-41 victory over the George Washington Colonials here at the Smith Center. The 6-foot-9 senior finished with game highs of 19 points and 16 rebounds in the Atlantic Ten matchup. The preseason all-American also had three blocked shots to go with two assists in 40 minutes of action.
“I don’t think he can play any better,” said Temple coach Fran Dunphy, whose team improved to 22-6 overall and 12-2 in the A-10. “He’s always in the right spot, defensively. But his line today – he made jump shots. He made great plays running to the rim. He made two assists. He doesn’t turn the ball over. He had three blocked shots. He was terrific today.
“It’s something that we’re kind of used to. But today was an exceptional day across the board for him.”
Showing that he’s an NBA prospect, Allen scored on a variety of moves and even drained his lone three-point attempt.
“He pretty much controlled and dominated the game from the defensive standpoint and the offensive standpoint,” Colonials coach Karl Hobbs said.
Yes he did!
- Keith Pompey