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Florida State Seminoles lose to Virginia Tech in men's basketball 71-59

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Jeff Allen estimated that he was playing at about 75 percent because of an injured groin.

One might have a hard time convincing Florida State of that.

Allen scored 18 of his season-high 24 points in the second half to lift Virginia Tech past Florida State 71-59 Saturday.

The Hokies (10-4, 1-1 ACC), who won their sixth straight, broke open a close contest with a 12-0 run to end the first half and took a 29-19 lead at halftime. They never trailed again.

Allen, who also had 11 rebounds for his seventh double double of the season, connected on 7-of-12 from the floor and 10-of-12 from the free-throw line. The point total was his best since he had 25 in the Hokies' double-overtime loss to Maryland in February.

"I was just going out there and playing hard," Allen said. "I tried to play through the groin injury. I just blocked it out because we needed this victory."

"He really took us to the woodshed," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We had very little answer for him. We've normally been able to keep him in check. But (Saturday) he played with a tremendous amount of maturity and executed well. He was very patient in his game, and that was one reason why they kept us at bay."

Florida State (11-5, 1-1) cut Virginia Tech's lead to 46-42 with 7:32 left on a 3-pointer by former Clearwater High standout Luke Loucks, but the Hokies scored the next eight points. The Seminoles got no closer than eight the rest of the game.

Chris Singleton paced FSU with 22 points.

The Hokies, down to eight scholarship players because of injuries, played exclusively a 2-3 zone against the bigger, more athletic Seminoles and held FSU to 35.5 percent shooting from the floor (22-of-62).

Va. Tech 71

FSU 59

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