Jeff Allen Suspended

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Virginia Tech has suspended sophomore forward Jeff Allen for Wednesday
night’s game at Virginia. Allen was caught on camera giving an obscene gesture
to the Maryland student section after fouling out during Tech’s 83-73 loss at
Maryland on Saturday.

Allen is averaging 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season. In
conference play, he is averaging 15.5 points and 7.9 rebounds. Allen is shooting
49.2% from the field and 43.2% from three-point range. He is Virginia Tech’s
third-leading scorer, behind Malcolm Delaney and A.D. Vassallo. He averages 30.5
minutes per game, and he’s started all 24 games this season.

Virginia Tech beat Virginia 78-75 in the first meeting between the two teams.
However, Allen was ineffective, finishing with just three points. He was 0-of-7
from the field and had six rebounds in just 23 minutes of action.

This is the third time a Virginia Tech player has been suspended this year.
A.D. Vassallo was suspended from the starting lineup twice. The first was
against Fairfield after his arrest for shoplifting back in December. The second
came against Boston College following his outburst towards Coach Seth Greenberg
on the bench during the Clemson game.

Vassallo entered the game at approximately the 12-minute mark of the first
half in each game.

Allen Calloway Passes

Former Virginia Tech basketball player Allen Calloway passed away on Sunday
morning at his family’s home in High Point, NC. Calloway had been battling
cancer since 2005, and finally passed away due to a heart attack.

Calloway had a rare cancerous tumor in his calf, and it eventually spread to
his lungs. By 2007, he had Stage 4 lung cancer. The cancer also spread to his
brain, and he had three brain surgeries in the spring of 2006, but was still
able to walk across the stage for his graduation ceremony in May of 2006.

Calloway’s most productive season came in 2003-04, when he averaged 3.7
points and 2.9 rebounds per game in Seth Greenberg’s first season in Blacksburg.
He started four games that year, and played his best basketball at the end of
the season.

In the regular-season finale at Georgetown, Calloway helped the Hokies edge
the Hoyas by finishing with a career-high nine-points, four rebounds and three
blocks. In the first round of the Big East tournament against Rutgers, he had
seven points, five rebounds and two steals. He hit his only career three-pointer
late in the game against the Scarlet Knights to help propel the Hokies to the

Two years later, Calloway could play in just two games during his senior year
because of his cancer. He made the only field goal he attempted that year, and
played a total of just seven minutes for the season.

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