Penguins Host Geneva For First Time in Nearly 40 Years

The Youngstown State men's basketball team returns to the Beeghly Center for the last time until Dec. 22 when it hosts Geneva, Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7:05 p.m.

This is the 51st meeting between Youngstown State and Geneva in a series that dates back to 1931. The Penguins own a 30-20 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last 13 contests. The last time these two school met was in 1971. The last Geneva victory was an 83-77 decision on Dec. 6, 1961. Geneva has never won at the Beeghly Center.

Opening Notes
• Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum is one of 16 active coaches with more than 600 career victories. He currently ranks seventh among active Division I coaches with 623 career wins.
• The Penguins are coming off a hard-fought 68-56 road victory over Saint Peter's (N.J) on Nov. 21 in Jersey City, N.J. Senior Kelvin Bright scored a game-high 20 points while senior Sirlester Martn added 11 points.
• Junior Dan Boudler dominated the boards with a season-high eight rebounds against the Peacocks
• The Penguins shot 52.4 percent in the second half against Saint Peter's and limited the Peacocks to a 3-point percentage of 11.8 percent.
• Freshman Eddie D'Haiti ranks ninth in the Horizon League with six rebounds per game while senior Sirlester Martin ranks 13th with five boards per game.
• Junior Vytas Sulskis has scored 623 career points and needs 377 more to become the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

A Win Will
• Improve YSU to 3-2 overall.
• Mark YSU's 14 consecutive win over Geneva and the first since 1971.
• Mark Youngstown State's first home victory of the season.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 624th career victory and his 44th at Youngstown State.
• YSU's 978th victory in the program's history.

Scouting Geneva
Geneva is currrently 1-2 overall and is coming off a 88-76 loss to Baldwin-Wallace on Monday evening. Rich Colick leads the team with 21 points per game while Brandon Harvey is second on the team at 14 points per game. TJ Bevilacqua is also averaging in double figures with 12 points per game.

Last Time Out
The Penguins came away with their first road victory on Nov. 21 with a 68-56 win over Saint Peter's (N.J.) in Jersey City, N.J. Senior Kelvin Bright lead the Penguins with a game-high 20 points while senior Sirlester Martin added 11 points. Junior Dan Boudler posted a team-best eight rebounds.

Up Next
The Penguins play the first of five straight road games when they visit 2009 Elite Eight participant Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 28, at Noon at the Petersen Events Center.

Slocum In Select Company
Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum is in some pretty elite company. Slocum, who has 623 career wins, is one of eight active Division I head coaches with more than 600 career victories and ranks seventh among that group.

Bright Light
Senior Kelvin Bright turned in his best performance of the season when he posted a team-best 20 points against Saint Peter's on Nov. 21. Bright, who scored 14 points in the second half, connected on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and nailed two 3-pointers.

D'Hait Nets Double-Double
Youngstown State freshman Eddie D'Haiti recorded the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Hiram on Nov. 15. D'Haiti also dished out six assists and tallied a blocked shot and a steal. The last freshman to record a double-double was Dan Boudler with 10 points and 15 rebounds against Lock Haven on Nov. 16, 2007.

Sulskis Closing In on 1,000
Junior Vytas Sulskis is inching his way toward becoming the 32nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Sulskis, who has scored 623 points, needs 377 more to reach 1,000. He scored in double figures in three of four games this season, including 12 against Xavier (11/13), 10 against Hiram (11/15)15 and against Kent State.

Guins Near Rebound Record
YSU's 62 rebounds against Hiram on Nov. 15 tied for the second-highest single-game total in school history. The single-game record is 64 against Tennessee Tech on Jan. 26, 1987. The last time YSU grabbed 62 boards in a game was against Lock Haven on Nov. 16, 2007. The Guins also grabbed 62 rebounds against Point Park on Nov. 28, 1990.

Blocker Crashes Glass
Senior Dallas Blocker notched a career-high 11 rebounds in the Guin' 81-41 win over Hiram on Nov. 15. His previous career best was an eight rebound performance against UIC on Jan. 8, 2009.

Guins Tops in Rebounding Margin
Currently, Youngstown State is the Horizon League's top team in rebounding margin. The Penguins are averaging a league-best 41.2 rebounds per game while their opponents are averaging 34 boards per game for a +7.2 margin.

Sulskis Climbin' 3-Point Chart
With two 3-pointers against Saint Peter's on Saturday, junior Vytas Sulskis is in 10th place on the YSU all-time 3-pointers made list with 92. Sulskis, who has made five this season, made 39 3-pointers last season and 46 during his freshman campaign. He needs 15 more to move into ninth place and surpass Elmer Brown (106, 1998-99) with 107.

Two Top 10-Plus Rebounds For First Time in Three Season
Dallas Blocker and Eddie D'Haiti became the first duo to record at least 10 rebounds each in a single-game in almost three years when they accomplished the feat against Hiram on Nov. 15. Blocker collected a career-high 11 while D'Haiti grabbed 10 boards. The last pair to accomplish that feat was Jack Liles (13) and Quin Humphrey (12) against Green Bay on Feb. 8, 2007.

Mays Named to All-Newcomer Team
Senior DeAndre Mays became the third Youngstown State player in four years to be named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team last year. Mays, a native of Dallas, Texas, is averaged 10.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. His 3.5 assists per game ranked tied for fifth in the Horizon League while 10.7 points per game ranked 20th. He also averaged 11.4 points per game against Horizon League opponents. The other two Penguins named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team under Head Coach Jerry Slocum were Vytas Sulskis (2007-08) and Keston Roberts (2005-06).

Blocker's Back
Youngstown State senior Dallas Blocker is back in the lineup after battling cancer at the end of last season and this past summer. Blocker, who averaged 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, was diagnosed with cancer on Feb. 12 and missed the Penguins' last seven games. After two surgeries and chemotherapy, Blocker was given a clean bill of health on Sept. 11.

Sulskis Closed Out Strong
Junior Vytas Sulskis finished the 2008-09 campaign on a high note. Over the last 10 games of the season, Sulskis averaged 12.7 points per game and scoring in double figures in eight of those contests.

Mays Came To Play
Over the final seven games of last season, senior DeAndre Mays was impressive. Mays averaged 11 points, 3.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game game. Against Green Bay on Feb. 12, Mays lit up the Phoenix for a game-high 21 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field. He also made 10-of-14 shots from the free-throw line. The Dallas, Texas, native poured in 15 points in the 70-68 win over Milwaukee on Feb. 14. He scored 13 points against Saint Peter's on Feb. 21.

Guins Ink Kendrick Perry During Early Signing Period
Youngstown State signed Kendrick Perry, a 6-foot point guard, to a National Letter-of-Intent during the early signing period. Perry, who hails from Orlando, Fla., was a preseason first-team all-conference and all-district selection. Over the summer, he led his AAU team to a third-place finish at the national tournament.