Men's Basketball Hosts Kent State Wednesday Night
Youngstown State plays just its second home game of the season when it hosts Kent State of the Mid-American Conference, Wednesday, Nov. 28.
• Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
• The game can be heard on 570 WKBN-AM and IHeartRadio.
Last Time Out
• The Penguins dropped their third straight game after falling to Duquesne, 84-74, on Nov. 21.
• Junior Kendrick Perry led the team with 15 points while senior Damian Eargle posted 14 points with three blocks.
• Freshman Bobby Hain came off the bench to score 13 and Shawn Amiker added 10.
• YSU plays its second straight opponent from the Mid-American Conference when it visits Bowling Green, Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. in Bowling Green, Ohio.
The Kent State Series
• This is the 45th meeting between Youngstown State and Kent State in a series that dates back to 1929.
• The Golden Flashes own a 27-17 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last four meetings.
• In the most recent contest, Kent State was victorious, 71-58, in Kent, Ohio, in 2010.
• The Golden Flashes won the last game at the Beeghly Center, 70-61, in 2009.
• The last time YSU defeated Kent State was in 2006, 62-58, in Kent.
Scouting Kent State
• Kent State enters the game with a 4-2 overall record after defeating Nebraska, 74-60, in Lincoln, Neb.
• KSU also lost to Horizon League member Valparaiso in overtime, 88-83, on Nov. 18.
• Seniors Chris Evans and Randal Holt lead the Golden Flashes with 17.2 and 15.2 points per game, respectively.
• Kent State is coached by Rob Senderoff.
Eargle Reaches 1,000 Points
• With 17 points against James Madison on Nov. 20, senior Damian Eargle scored the 1,000th point in his collegiate career.
• Eargle has scored 755 points at Youngstown State and had 268 in 2008-09 at UNC-Greensboro.
• He needs 245 more to become a 1,000-point scorer at YSU.
A Win Will
• Improve YSU to 4-3 on the year.
• Mark YSU's second home win of the season.
• Mark YSU's 18th victory over Kent State.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 659th career victory and his 78th at Youngstown State.
• Mark YSU's 1,012th victory in the program's history.
KP Scores Career High
• Junior Kendrick Perry scored a career-high 34 points against North Dakota State on Nov. 19.
• His 34 points are the most since Quin Humphrey scored 35 on Feb. 22, 2007, against Wright State.
• Perry scored 12 straight YSU points, including the Guins' final 10 of regulation.
• He hit a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in the second half to force overtime.
• For the game, Perry made a career-best 13 field goals, grabbed a season-high eight rebounds and made four 3-pointers.
• Against James Madison on Nov. 20, the Penguins had five players score at least 10 points.
• It marks the third time in five games the Penguins accomplished that feat.
• Last season, YSU had five players reach double digits in scoring just twice.
Eargle Sets Blocks Record
• With six against James Madison on Nov. 20 senior Damian Eargle became Youngstown State's career leader in blocked shots.
• Eargle has 226 surpassing Ricky Tunstall's 221, a record that stood since 1984.
• Eargle's 226 blocks are also tied for the Horizon League career all-games blocks record.
Belin Nets Back-to-Back Double-Doubles
• With 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against JMU, junior Kamren Belin posted his scored straight double-double.
• Belin recorded the first double-double of his career against North Dakota State on Nov. 19.
• Belin scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against the Bison.
Amiker Posts Career Best
• Sophomore Shawn Amiker scored a career-high 12 points against James Madison.
• He was 4-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.
KP Back on Track
• After fighting a stomach virus in the season opener against George Washington, junior Kendrick Perry has been his normal self scoring 23 points against Georgia on Nov. 12, 19 against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 16 and a career-best 34 against North Dakota State on Nov, 19.
• Perry has averaged 20.6 points and 4.2 assists per game over the last five games.
Belin Hits For Career High
• Junior forward Kamren Belin scored a career-high 17 points against his home-state school.
• Belin connected on 5-of-9 from the field, including three 3-pointers against Georgia on Nov. 12.
• He also grabbed six rebounds and made 4-of-5 free-throw attempts.
KP Named Player of the Week
• For the second time in his career, junior Kendrick Perry was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on Nov. 19.
• Perry averaged 21 points, four assists and three steals per game and shot 50 percent from the floor in two wins.
Slocum Among Elite
• Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum ranks among the best in the history of college basketball.
• Slocum currently ranks 40th all-time with 658 career victories.
• He also ranks fifth among active Division I head coaches in career wins.
Three for 1,000
• Seniors Blake Allen and Damian Eargle and junior Kendrick Perry each have a legitimate chance at scoring 1,000 points in their careers at YSU.
• Perry needs 104 more while Eargle is 245 away and Allen needs 318 more.
• Senior Blake Allen is continuing his pursuit of the YSU all-time 3-point record.
• Allen now ranks fifth all-time with 156 career 3-pointers made.
• With two against NDSU on Nov. 19, Allen became the sixth player in school history with at least 150 career 3-pointers made.
• He needs just 43 more to break the record of 198 set by Craig Haese (Haze) from 1997-2001
• He made six against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 16.
• Against GW on Nov. 10, Allen connected on 4-of-8 3-point attempts and tied for the team lead with 19 points against the Colonials.
Eargle Second to Get to 200 Blocks
• Senior Damian Eargle became just the second player in school history to accumulate at least 200 career blocked shots.
• Eargle has 226 blocked shots, which is the YSU career record.
• The only other player with 200 blocks is Ricky Tunstall, who recorded 221 career blocks.
• Counting his 57 blocks at UNC-Greensboro, Eargle has reached 283 blocked shots for his entire college career.
Slocum Now Third
• With the win over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 16, Head Coach Jerry Slocum picked up his 77th win at Youngstown State.
• He now ranks third on the YSU career victory list and just passed Mike Rice, who had 75 wins from 1983-87.
• Slocum needs just two more victories to move into second all-time at Youngstown State.
Perry Now 9th in Assists
• Junior Kendrick Perry ranks ninth all-time with 268 career assists.
• Perry is averaging 4.2 assists per game.
Penguins Ink Marcus Keene Early
• The Penguins inked Marcus Keene to a National Letter-of-Intent during the early signing period.
• Keene, a 5-foot-9 point guard from San Antonio, Texas, was named all-state after averaging 14.7 points, 5.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
• Over his junior and sophomore seasons, Keene scored 781 points.
Hain Named HL Co-NOW
• Freshman Bobby Hain turned in an impressive performance in his college debut at George Washington.
• He was named the Horizon League Co-Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 12.
• Hain posted a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
• He was 7-of-9 from the field, including a 3-pointer.
• Hain scored 16 of his points in the first half, including a stretch of seven straight for the Penguins.
Penguins Picked Fourth
• Youngstown State was picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League in a poll of the League's Head Coaches, SIDs and select media.
• It is the highest preseason ranking for the Penguins since joining the Horizon League in 2001-02.
• YSU was never picked higher than seventh.
Perry Preseason First-Team
• Junior Kendrick Perry was named to the Horizon League Preseason First-Team.
• He is the first player since Quin Humphrey in 2006-07 to receive preseason league accolades.
• Perry led the league in scoring last year with 16.8 points per game.
Eargle Preseason Second-Team
• Senior Damian Eargle was selected to the Horizon League Preseason Second-Team.
• Eargle led the league in blocks (3.7), ranked third in rebounding (7.5) and 15th in scoring.
KP NABC All-District 2nd-Team
• Junior Kendrick Perry was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 12 Second-Team last season.
First Winning Season in 11 Years
• The Penguins finished last season with an overall record of 16-15 and a 10-8 mark in the Horizon League.
• The 16 wins are the most since 2000-01 and the overall record marks the first winning season since the same year.
• The Guins' eight-win improvement in the Horizon League marks the best one-year turnaround since the league went to 10 teams and the second-best in league history.
• YSU also lost three other games by a combined seven points.
• For the second straight season, the Penguins set the school's single-season 3-point record with 270 made 3-pointers.
• The old record of 235 was set in 2010-11. They also tied the mark for most 3-point attempts of 708, which was set in 2010-11.
• Over the last 62 games, YSU has made 511 3-pointers, including four against George Washington.
• The Guins won 10 home games for the first time since 2006-07 and won six road games, including four in league play.
• The 2,095 points scored marked the third straight season the Guins have scored at least 2,000 points and is the highest season-point total since the 2000-01.
• The Guins' 164 blocks in 2011-12 ranked as the second-highest single-season total in school history.
• The school record is 166 set in 1982-83.
KP First-Team All-League
Junior Kendrick Perry was named to the All-Horizon League First-Team last season. Below are some tidbits on Perry:
• Led HL in scoring in all games (16.8) and league games only (16.8 ppg).
• Led league in steals in conference games (2.4).
• Just the fifth player to lead the Horizon League in scoring and steals in the same season.
• Tied for league lead with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.9.
• Ranked second in steals (2.4) in all games.
• Ranked fourth in assists per game (3.9).
• Was the first sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors.
• First YSU player since Quin Humphrey (2006-07 and 2005-06) to be named first-team all-league.
Eargle Named All-Defensive Team
Senior forward Damian Eargle was voted to the Horizon League All-Defensive Team. Below are some notes on Eargle's season:
• Set the Horizon League single-season blocks record for all games with 116 and league-games only with 65.
• Owns the Horizon League career record for blocks in conference play at 122.
• Ranks third nationally with 3.9 blocks per game.
KP Sets Single-Season Steals Mark
• With a steal against Detroit on March 2, 2012, sophomore Kendrick Perry set the school single-season steals mark.
• He had 74 steals last season. The old record of 64 was set by Marlon Williamson in 2002-03.
KP Most Points Since 2006-07
• With 521 points last season, Kendrick Perry has scored the most points in a single-season since Quin Humphrey scored 584 in 2006-07.
• Perry, who led the league in scoring at 16.8 points per game, scored at least 20 points in seven of the last 11 games.
• He was the first player since Humphrey to score 500 points and the first sophomore since Reggie Kemp to reach that mark in 1989-90.
Guins Set League Mark
• With Kendrick Perry's weekly award on Feb. 6, 2012, Youngstown State became the first program in Horizon League history to have five different players earn player-of-the-week accolades.
• Perry joined DuShawn Brooks (Dec. 5), Damian Eargle (Jan. 2), Ashen Ward (Jan. 9) and Blake Allen (Jan. 23) as recipients of the award this year.