Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ACC BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Virginia Tech’s Jeff Allen has been named ACC Player of the Week, while Wake Forest’s Ari Stewart earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors.

Allen had back-to-back double-doubles and averaged 18.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists as the Hokies ran their record to 8-1 with a home win over VMI and a road victory at Penn State. On the week, Allen was 14-for-22 from the field (.636) and seven-of-nine (.778) from the free throw line.

The Washington, D.C., native opened the week with a 24-point, 13-rebound performance in a 98-73 win over the visiting Keydets Wednesday. Three nights later, in a 66-64 win over the Nittany Lions, the 6-7, 230-pound junior turned in his 21st career double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Stewart, a 6-7, 200-pound forward, scored a game-high 16 points to lead Wake Forest to a 90-50 defeat of visiting Elon Sunday afternoon. The game was the Deacons’ only action of the week and improved their record to 6-2.

The Marietta, Ga., product went 6-for-10 from the field, pulled down four rebounds in 19 minutes of action. On the season, Stewart is averaging 9.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game and is shooting 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field, including a 44 percent (11-of-25) mark from three-point range.

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