Men's Basketball Hosts Fredonia State Tuesday Evening

Men's Basketball Hosts Fredonia State Tuesday Evening

Game Notes vs. Fredonia State | Jerry Slocum Interview | DuShawn Brooks Interview

At a Glance
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011
Place: Youngstown, Ohio
Arena: Beeghly Center
Tip Time: 7:45p.m. EST
Radio: WKBN 570-AM
Play-By-Play: Robb Schmidt
Live Webcast: HorizonLeagueNetwork.com
Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: N/A

The Youngstown State men's basketball team (5-2) returns home to face Division III member Fredonia State, Tuesday, Dec. 6. Tipoff is slated for 7:45 p.m. at the Beeghly Center. The game can be heard on 570 WKBN-AM and will be videostreamed on HorizonLeague.com.

The Fredonia State Series
This is the first meeting between Youngstown State and Fredonia State.

About Fredonia State
Fredonia State is currently 6-1 and is coming off a 72-61 win over Oneota State on Dec. 3. Amir Billups leads the Blue Devils with 11.6 points per game while Julius Bryant is a close second with 11.3 points per contest.

Last Time Out
The Guins suffered a hard-fought 63-62 setback at the hands of Horizon League foe Wright State on Dec. 3. Senior DuShawn Brooks YSU with 17 points while Blake Allen had 15 points.

Brooks Named Player of the Week
For his performance last week, senior DuShawn Brooks was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for Dec. 5. Brooks averaged 20.5 points per game and shot 61.5 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from 3-point range. He scored a career-high 24 points against Detroit on Dec. 1 to lead the Guins to a 64-61 win. He also led the team with 17 points in a one-point loss to Wright State on Dec. 3. The last YSU player to earn the award was DeAndre Mays on Jan. 11, 2010.

Ward Now Ranks 10th
With 12 3-pointers this season, senior Ashen Ward now ranks 10th all-time with 109 career 3-pointers. He needs two more to move into ninth and five more to move into eighth place.

Eargle Moves Into Third
Junior Damian Eargle has moved into third place on the YSU career blocks chart in just 37 games played. Eargle has 122 blocked shots and needs just 13 more to move into second place past David Brown (134, 1997-2001).

Best Start Since 2000-01
At 5-2, the Guins are off to their best start since the 2000-01 season which they went 19-11. Now the Penguins are searching for their first 6-2 start since the start of the 1997-98 season which they went 20-9.

Guins Celebrate 40 Years in Beeghly
The 2011-12 campaign is the 40th season the Beeghly Center has been the home of Youngstown State men's basketball. YSU first took to the court in the Beeghly Center in 1972-73. YSU has a record of 315-233 in games played in the Beeghly Center.

Nearing 1,000 Wins
The Guins are approaching a significant milestone in the program's history. YSU has won 997 games and needs just three more to collect the program's 1,000th win.

A Win Will
• Improve YSU 6-2 on the year.
• Mark YSU's third home win of the season.
• Mark the first time since 1997-98 YSU will be a season 6-2.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 644th career victory and his 64th at Youngstown State.
• Mark YSU's 998th victory in the program's history.
• Mark the 10th straight home win vs. non-league opponent.

The 90 Percenters
The Guins' offense has basically come from its five starters this season. Kendrick Perry, Blake Allen, Damian Eargle, Ashen Ward and DuShawn Brooks combine of an average of 60 points per game. As a team, the Guins are averaging 66.6 points per game. Which translates into the starters scoring 90 percent of the team's points.

Guins Setting Record Pace
The Guins have made 65 3-pointers in just seven games this season for an average of 9.3 3-pointers made per game. They are on pace to shatter the school's single-season mark of 235 set last year. If the Guins continue this pace over the next 23 guaranteed games, they will finish the season with 279 3-pointers made.

In the Zone
Over the last three contests, senior DuShawn Brooks has certainly been in the zone. Brooks is shooting 58.8 percent (20-of-34) from the field and 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from 3-point range while averaging 16.7 points per game. In the first four games, Brooks shot just 18.6 percent (8-of-43) from the field and was 0-of-6 from behind the arc.

Top 20 Countdown
Youngstown State is a rare team in the Horizon League. The Guins are the only team in the league with all five starters ranking in the top 20 in scoring. Kendrick Perry is tied for the league lead with 16.1 points per game. Please see page 5 for where the Guins rank in the Horizon League.

Brooks Has Career Day at Detroit
Senior DuShawn Brooks turned in a career-best performance with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range.

Eargle Third Nationally
Junior Damian Eargle continues to be a one of the top shot blockers in the country. Eargle currently ranks third nationally with 4.4 blocks per game. Last season, he finished the year ranked 10th in the country with 3.0 blocks per game.

Close Shaves
The Guins have had a penchant for close games this season. Four of the seven games have been decided by four points or less. The last three contests have been decided by a total of four points.

Guins in the Nation
The Guins are represented well in the national statistics. Junior Blake Allen ranks 21st with 3.1 3-pointers made per game and 55th with a .431 3-point field-goal percentage. As a team, the Guins rank 13th nationally with 9.3 3-pointers made per game and 43rd with a .394 3-point field-goal percentage

Eargle Block Machine
Junior Damian Eargle has tallied at least one block in every game this season. He has also recorded multiple blocks in six of seven games and has posted at least three blocks five times.

Mega-Minute Men
The Guins' starters are also playing a ton of minutes. Blake Allen leads the league with 38.6 minutes per game, Kendrick Perry is second at 35.9, Ashen Ward ranks eighth with 32.4 and Damian Eargle is 10th with 31.7.

Guins Squeak One Out
The Guins barely snuck past Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 26 with a 60-59 win. It marks the first one-point victory since they beat Milwaukee, 85-84, on Feb. 14, 2004.

Allen, Perry Score 20
Junior Blake Allen and sophomore Kendrick Perry became the first duo to score at least 20 points in game since Vytas Sulskis (25) and Damian Eargle (24) accomplished the feat against Malone on Dec. 13, 2010. Allen scored 25 and Perry posted 23 against Penn State on Nov. 23.

Guins Tie 3-Point Record, Again
For the second time this season, the Guins tied the school single-game mark with 14 3-pointers game against Penn State on Nov. 23. The Guins also made 14 against Notre Dame College on Nov. 15. The previous time YSU made 14 3 pointers in a game was against Butler on Jan. 9, 2011.

Fewest Points In Win Since 2000
The Guins' 53 points in the victory over UC-Riverside are the fewest points scored in win since they defeated IUPUI, 43-41, on Jan. 6, 2000.

Eargle Just Missed Triple Double
Damian Eargle nearly missed becoming the first player in YSU history to record a triple-double of any variety. Eargle scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks against UC-Riverside on Nov. 18.

Guins Top 3-Point Team
Just five games into the season, the Guins are the Horizon League's top 3-point shooting team. YSU leads the circuit with a .409 3-point percentage and 9.0 3-pointers made per game.

Up Next
The Guins are back on the road for the first of three straight trips to Mid-American Conference members when they visit Buffalo, Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in Buffalo, N.Y.

Slocum In Elite Company
Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum is one of just 11 active Division I head coaches with at least 600 career victories. Slocum currently ranks sixth on that list with 643 career coaching victories.

Three Guins Among 3-Point Leaders
The Guins have been living by the 3-pointer early in the season. YSU players are scattered in the top three in the Horizon League when it comes to 3-pointers made per game. Junior Blake Allen leads the league with 3.1 3-pointers made per game while sophomore Kendrick Perry is third with 2.0 and senior Ashen Ward ranks sixth with 1.7.

Eargle Has Chance For 1,000
In under three seasons of playing college basketball, junior Damian Eargle has scored more than 600 points with 681. Eargle needs just 319 more points to reach 1,000 for his entire career, which includes 268 points during the 2008-09 season at UNC-Greensboro. Last season, Eargle ranked second on the squad with 339 points for an average of 11.3 points per game.