The Youngstown State men's basketball team (6-4) plays its third straight Mid-American Conference school on the road when it visits Akron, Monday, Dec. 19. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at James A. Rhodes Arena. The game can be heard on 570 WKBN-AM.
The Akron Series
This is the 86th meeting between Youngstown State and Akron in a series that dates back to 1937. Akron leads the all-time series, 55-30, and has won the last five contests. Last season, Akron defeated the Guins, 91-84, in overtime. The last time the Guins defeated the Zips was a 69-53 win at the Beeghly Center on Dec. 10, 1994.
Akron is currently 5-5 this season and is coming off a 91-69 win over Florida A&M on Dec. 17. The Zips also have wins over Mississippi State (68-58) on Nov. 9 and Detroit (81-63) on Nov. 26. Zeke Marshall leads the Zips with 10.8 points per game while Nick Harney and Quincy Diggs are averaging 10.6 and 10.5 points per game, respectively.
Last Time Against Akron
Akron's Brett McClanahan hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime and the Zips defeated the Guins, 91-84, at Rhodes Arena last season. Vytas Sulskis led the Guins with 20 points while Ashen Ward had 14 points and Kendrick Perry had 11.
Last Time Out
The Guins shot 56.3 percent in the second half but could not overcome a slow start and dropped an 86-77 decision to Toledo on Dec. 17. Junior Blake Allen led four Penguins scoring in double figures with 22. Kendrick Perry had 19 points while Damian Eargle and Nate Perry scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Career-High For Nate Perry
Sophomore Nate Perry gave the Guins a spark off the bench against Toledo scoring a career-high 10 points. Perry connected on 3-of-4 shooting, including two 3-pointers and an old-fashioned three-point play in just 13 minutes.
11 Straight vs. Non-League Foes
With its 69-35 win over Fredonia State on Dec. 6, the Guins have won their last 11 games at home against non-Horizon League opponents. The last time the Guins lost at home to a non-conference foe was Robert Morris, 72-67, on Dec. 30, 2010.
Eargle Single-Season Blocks Rank 5th
Junior Damian Eargle has 43 blocks in 10 games this season. His total already ranks fifth on the YSU single-season blocks chart. He needs two to move into fourth place. His 91 last season rank second on the list.
Allen Streakin From 3
Junior Blake Allen has made at least one 3-pointer in all 10 games this season and has made at least one in 17 straight contests dating back to last year. He has also made at least three 3-pointers in seven of the 10 games this year. Allen also leads the Horizon League with 3.5 3-pointers made per game. Allen has also made 74 3-pointers in the last 27 games.
KP Notches Second Double-Double
Sophomore Kendrick Perry recorded his second career double-double with 18 points and 10 assists against Buffalo on Dec. 10. His first career double-double came against Wilberforce on Jan. 11, 2011,when he scored 13 points with 10 rebounds.
Ward Now Ranks 10th
With 15 3-pointers this season, senior Ashen Ward now ranks 10th all-time with 112 career 3-pointers. He needs two more to move into ninth and five more to move into eighth place.
Allen On Pace For Record
Junior Blake Allen is currently on pace to set the YSU single-season 3-point field-goal percentage record. Allen is shooting at a 46.1 clip from behind the arc. The single-season mark was set by Andre Smith (45.9 percent) during the 1993-94 season.
Eargle Moves Tied For Second
Junior Damian Eargle has moved into a tie for second place on the YSU career blocks chart in just 40 games played. Eargle has 134 blocked shots and needs just one more to move into second place past David Brown (134, 1997-2001).
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 316-233 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 998 games and needs just two more to collect the program's 1,000th win.
A Win Will
• Improve YSU 7-4 on the year.
• Mark YSU's fourth road win of the season.
• Mark the program's 31st win over Akron.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 645th career victory and his 65th at Youngstown State.
• Mark YSU's 999th victory in the program's history.
• Mark the first time since 2008-09 the Guins have won four road games.
The 87 Percent
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 59.2 points per game. As a team, the Guins are averaging 68.4 points per game, which translates into the starters scoring 87 percent of the team's points.
Brooks Named Player of the 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.
Guins Setting Record Pace
The Guins have made 96 3-pointers in just seven games this season for an average of 9.6 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 20 guaranteed games, they will finish the season with 288 3-pointers made.
Last With 10 Assists
With 10 assists against Buffalo on Dec. 10, sophomore Kendrick Perry became the first player to accomplish the feat since DeAndre May did so against Valparaiso on Feb. 13, 2010.
Guins Set 3's Mark Again
For the third time this season, the Guins tied the school single-game record with 14 3-pointers made in a game against Buffalo on Dec. 10. The Guins tied the school single-game mark with 14 3-pointers game against Penn State on Nov. 23. and Notre Dame College on Nov. 15. The previous time YSU made 14 3 pointers in a game was against Butler on Jan. 9, 2011. Against the Bulls, the Guins also tied the school single-game mark for most 3-point field goals attempted with 35.
Brooks Had 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 4.3 blocks per game. Last season, he finished the year ranked 10th in the country with 3.0 blocks per game.
Guins in the Nation
The Guins are represented well in the national statistics. Junior Blake Allen ranks eighth with 3.5 3-pointers made per game and 28th with a .461 3-point field-goal percentage. As a team, the Guins rank eighth nationally with 9.6 3-pointers made per game and 36th with a .386 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 nine of 10 games and has posted at least three blocks eight times.
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.