March 27, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - All 76ers coach Doug Collins could do was point to his head. There were no words forthcoming, just a finger to his temple. The question posed to Collins following Sunday's 117-103 win over the Sacramento Kings, which snapped a 15-game road losing streak, was: "What got into Lavoy Allen, and how come he can't play like this more often?" Allen posted a career-high 20 points in the win, only the second time in 17 games he has hit double figures. His minutes had dwindled drastically of late as the dreaded "plays with little passion" tag has grown larger and larger throughout the season.
December 7, 2008 |
Conventional wisdom, not to mention the stat sheet, indicates that top scorer Dionte Christmas is the most important member of the Temple basketball team. The numbers in the win-loss column point to someone else. With sophomore forward Lavoy Allen back in the starting lineup, the Owls dramatically improved their defense in a 65-59 victory over Penn State last night at the Bryce Jordan Center. Allen, who missed one game and most of another - both losses - with a broken thumb, totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists against the Nittany Lions (7-2)
March 26, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It takes a lot to distract Lavoy Allen. But the 76ers forward/center, a Temple graduate, said he took time out of his preparation for Sunday's game with the Sacramento Kings to watch the Owls go down to Indiana in the NCAA East Regional. Temple lost, 58-52. "I watched it, and I was rooting for my guys," Allen said. "But I have been focused on getting ready to play the Sacramento Kings today. " The Hoosiers closed with a 10-0 run. "They almost had them, yeah," Allen said of the Owls.
February 27, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - It had all the signs of a lopsided loss for Temple. The 24th-ranked Owls were playing without junior swingman Scootie Randall for the third consecutive game. Temple also missed 21 of its first 25 field-goal attempts. And to make matters worse, George Washington held a 12-point lead more than halfway through the first half. But that's when the Owls and their defense woke up. Temple closed the gap before intermission and suffocated the Colonials in the second half en route to a 57-41 Atlantic Ten victory Saturday at the Smith Center.
November 10, 2009 |
The off-season wasn't really an off-season for Temple guard Ryan Brooks, a 6-foot-4 senior from Lower Merion High School whom the Owls are counting on to score and lead. He was working out regularly with Jerome Allen, the former NBA player and current Penn assistant coach who suited up for the Quakers under Fran Dunphy, now the Temple coach. "I put a lot of hard work in at the gym, working on every aspect of my game," said Brooks, who was Temple's third-leading scorer last winter with 10.6 points per game.
January 23, 2009 |
Almost any team can win at home. But the teams that can go into hostile arenas and pull off a victory or two often find themselves playing deep into March. St. Louis, after the 65-40 pasting it received from Temple last night at the Liacouras Center, is obviously not built for any such Madness. The Billikens fell to 0-5 on the road and looked as if they would have rather stayed west of the Mississippi. But the Owls are NCAA tournament-worthy; whether they get that far remains to be seen.
May 21, 2012 |
Lavoy Allen's impact in the Sixers' second-round playoff matchup with the Celtics, knotted at two games apiece with Game 5 to be played Monday in Boston, can't be overstated. The 6-foot-9, 254-pounder logged almost 33 minutes against Boston in the Sixers' dramatic 92-83 come-from-behind victory Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. As the Sixers came back from 18 points down in the third quarter, Allen grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. But his greatest impact has been at the defensive end. With Elton Brand battling neck and shoulder injuries, Sixers coach Doug Collins has seen fit to use the physical and deceptively swift-of-foot Allen to guard future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett.
March 15, 2010
Three reasons the Owls could have a long tourney run: 1 The understated, but very effective, halfcourt defense will keep them in games even if they don't shoot well. 2The wonderfully designed offense gets the best shooters good shots where they are most comfortable. 3Post scoring is kind of a lost art in today's dribble-drive game, but the Owls have it with Lavoy Allen and Michael Eric. - Dick Jerardi
April 13, 2011 |
Temple senior Lavoy Allen has been voted the Big 5's Outstanding Player by the Herb Good Basketball Club. He will receive the Robert V. Geasey Trophy at the Big 5 banquet on April 25 at the Liacouras Center. Other All-Big 5 members: Temple's Ramone Moore, Villanova's Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes and Penn's Zack Rosen. The second team: Penn's Jack Eggleston, Temple's Juan Fernandez, Saint Joseph's Carl Jones, La Salle's Aaric Murray and Villanova's Maalik Wayns.
May 2, 2013 |
Spend enough time around elite athletes and you come to realize something that you'd otherwise miss. While many wrongly assume they are all mostly narcissistic, self-centered, intolerant and out of touch, I've always felt that they have, in some regards, a better perspective on some things than the fans who complain about the salaries they help to pay. Athletes operate in a world where many of the picayune barriers we erect - racism, sexism and...