The Youngstown State men's basketball team (2-0) plays its second home game in four days when it hosts UC-Riverside, Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center. The game can be heard on WKBN 570-AM.
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 314-233 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 994 games and needs just six more to collect the program's 1,000th win.
Looking For Three Straight
The Guins have started the season 2-0 for the second straight season. They are searching for their first 3-0 start since the 2000-01 season in which they began 4-0.
The UC-Riverside Series
This is just the second meeting in the all-time series between Youngstown State and UC Riverside. In 2010, the Highlanders defeated the Guins, 62-60, in Riverside, Calif.
UC-Riverside is currently 1-1 after defeating Cal-Lutheran, 72-48, on Nov. 11 and falling to UTEP, 52-41, on Nov. 13. Senior Phil Martin leads the Highlanders with 14 points per game while Elliott Berry is averaging 10.5 points per contest.
Last Time Out
Four players scored in double figures as the Guins defeated Notre Dame College, 80-62, on Nov. 15. Kendrick Perry led the Guins with 18 points while senior Ashen Ward scored 17. Juniors Blake Allen and Damian Eargle added 14 and 12 points respectively.
Guins Tie 3-Point Record
Against Notre Dame College, the Guins tied the single-game record of 14 3-pointers made. Ward led the Guins with five treys. The last time YSU made 14 3 pointers in a game was against Butler on Jan. 9, 2011.
Guins Top 3-Point Team
Just two games into the season, the Guins are the Horizon League's top 3-point shooting team. YSU leads the circuit with a .449 3-point percentage and 11 3-pointers made per game.
Ward Nearing 10th
With five 3-pointers against Notre Dame College, senior Ashen Ward move his career total to 103. He needs four more to move into 10th place on the YSU all-time 3-pointers made chart.
The Guins play the first of four straight road games when they visit Big Ten member Penn State, Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa.
Slocum In Elite Company
Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum is one of just 10 active Division I head coaches with at least 600 career victories. Slocum currently ranks sixth on that list with 640 career coaching victories.
Eargle Nearing 100 Blocks
With a block against Notre Dame on Nov. 15, junior Damian Eargle pushed his YSU career blocks total to 98. He needs just two more to become just the fourth player in school history to record 100 career blocks.
A Win Will
• Improve YSU 3-0 on the year.
• Mark YSU's second home win of the season.
• Mark the first time since 2000-01 the Guins started the season 3-0.
• Mark the program's first win over UC-Riverside
• Mark YSU's 315th win in the Beeghly Center.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 641st career victory and his 61st at Youngstown State.
• Mark YSU's 995th victory in the program's history.
Perry Leads League
After two games, sophomore guard Kendrick Perry leads the Horizon League in scoring with 23 points per game. Perry also leads the league with 3.5 3-pointers made per game and a 4.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Three Guins Atop 3-Pointers Made
The Guins have been living by the 3-pointer early in the season. YSU players adorn the top three slots in the Horizon League when it comes to 3-pointers made per game. Junior Blake Allen and sophomore Kendrick Perry are tied for the league lead with 3.5 3-pointers made per game while senior Ashen Ward ranks third with three 3-pointers made per contest.
Ward, Perry In Top Five
Sophomore Kendrick Perry and senior Ashen Ward are two of the most accurate 3-point shooters in the Horizon League. Perry ranks third with a .583 3-point percentage while Ward is fourth with a .545 clip.
Eargle Tough All-Around
Junior forward Damian Eargle has been one of the top all-around players in the Horizon League so far this season. Eargle ranks tied for third in the league in blocked shots (3.5 bpg), tied for seventh in rebounds (8.0 rpg) and 10th in scoring (14.5 ppg). He is also shooting at a .571 clip from the field.
Eargle Has Chance For 1,000
In under three seasons of playing college basketball, junior Damian Eargle has scored more than 600 points with 636. Eargle needs just 376 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.
Perry Nets Career Scoring High
Sophomore Kendrick Perry scored a career-high 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field to lead the Guins to a 76-69 win over Samford on Nov. 12. Perry's 28 points are the most points scored by a sophomore since Doug Underwood scored 28 against Green Bay on Jan. 29, 2003. He also made four 3-pointers with four assists and four steals.
Allen, Ward Have Big Second Halves
Senior Ashen Ward and junior Blake Allen turned in strong second halves to help the Guins to a 76-69 win over Samford on Nov. 12. Ward scored 10 of his 11 points in the second half while Allen scored nine of his 12, including two clutch 3-pointers, after halftime.
Big Road Win
YSU's season-opening win at Samford was the first time since 2000 the Guins won a season-opener on the road.
Most Points In Season Opener Since 2003
The Guins' 76 points against Samford in the season opener on Nov. 12 are the most points scored in the Guins' first game of the season since they scored 80 against Niagara in 2003. The Guins lost that game, 89-80, Nov. 22, 2003.
The Guins averaged 69.1 points per game in 2010-11. It was the highest season per game average since the 2000-01 team averaged 71.1 points per game. YSU scored 2,072 points in 2010-11, marking just the sixth time since 1990-91 that a YSU team has scored at least 2,000 points in a season. The Guins scored at least 70 points 15 times last season and owned a record of 6-9 in those games. It is also the most times scoring at least 70 since the 2000-01 season when they scored at least 70 in 15 games.
Guins Road Warriors
Last season, the Guins played 16 games in the friendly confines of the Beeghly Center. In 2011-12, the Guins will have to take to the road for 16 games and host just 13 contests. It is the fewest number of home games since playing 12 in 2005-06. The Guins also played just 13 in 2007-08.
KP3 Most Frosh Assists in 20 Years
Kendrick Perry's 122 assists in 2010-11 marked the third straight season a YSU player has recorded at least 100 assists in a season. His 122 assists were the most by a freshman since Lacy Jones' 132 in 1990-91 and are the fourth most by a YSU freshman.
The Guins set school records with 235 3-pointers made and 708 3-pointers attempted. Six different Penguins made at least 20 3-pointers in 2010-11. The Guins also tied a single-game record with 14 3-pointers made against Butler on Jan. 9, 2011.
Junior Damian Eargle was named to the 2011 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team. Eargle averaged 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 51.6 percent from the floor. Eargle also led the Horizon League in blocks per game and his 91 blocked shots ranked second on the Youngstown State single-season list.
Over the final 12 games of last season, sophomore Kendrick Perry was one of the Guins' most productive players. Perry is averaged 13.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game during that span. He scored in double figures nine times and is shot 49.2 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from 3-point range. He also owned an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.6.
Allen Had Strong Second Half
Junior Blake Allen turned an solid second half of the season in 2010-11. Over the last 17 games, Allen averaged 10.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He shot 41.2 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from 3-point range during that time. Allen made 39 of his 92 3-point attempts in the team's final 17 contests. In the first 13 games of the year, Allen averaged 3.1 points per game and made just 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc.
Eargle 10th Nationally
Junior Damian Eargle ranked 10th in the nation in blocked shots per game with 3.0. His 91 blocks are the second most in a single season. The only other player in school history to record at least 85 blocks was Ricky Tunstall, who posted 138 in 1982-83. Eargle passed Tunstall for second on the list as well. In 1983-84, Tunstall blocked 83 shots.
Guins Set Single-Game Attempts Mark
The Guins set a single-game record with 35 3-point attempts against Detroit on Feb. 16. The previous record was 33 set earlier this season against Samford on Nov. 12 and tied against Akron on Nov. 20, and Wilberforce on Jan. 11.
OT Losing Streak at 11
With its 94-87 overtime loss to Milwaukee on Feb. 26, Youngstown State has now lost 11 straight games that have gone into extra periods. The last time the Guins on in overtime was against Chicago State in 2001.
Last to Score 30
With 30 points against Loyola on Jan. 9, 2010, DeAndre Mays set a career-high and became the first player to score at least 30 points since Keston Roberts scored 31 against Detroit on Feb. 27, 2007. Mays' performance was the 10th time under Jerry Slocum a player has scored at least 30 points in a game. YSU had just 10 30-point plus performances from Feb. 1988 to Dec. 2005.
Guins Sign Hain, Weber During to NLIs
Youngstown State signed Bobby Hain (Jupiter, Fla.) and Ryan Weber (Indianapolis, Ind.) to National Letters-of-Intent during the early signing period. Hain, a 6-foot-9 forward from Jupiter High School, was named second-team all-conference as a junior after averaging 13.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Weber, a 6-foot-7 forward from Roncalli High School, helped lead his prep squad to an 18-6 overall mark and the school's fourth sectional championship in the last seven years. Weber averaged 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and was named Honorable Mention all-county.