Guins Open Horizon League at Detroit Thursday Night

Guins Open Horizon League at Detroit Thursday Night

Game Notes vs. Detroit | Jerry Slocum InterviewBlake Allen Interview

The Youngstown State men's basketball team (4-1) opens Horizon League play when it travels to Detroit, Thursday, Dec. 1. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Calihan Hall. The game can be heard on WKBN 570-AM and will be videostreamed on HorizonLeague.com.

Going For First 5-1 Start Since 2000-01
The Guins are looking to start the season 5-1 for the first time since the 2000-01 team began the season 5-1. That year, the Guins went 19-11.

Starting League Play On Road, AGAIN
This will be the third straight season and the seventh time in the last eight years the Guins open Horizon League play on the road.

Two of HL's Top Scoring Teams Square Off
Two of the Horizon League's top scoring teams square off when Youngstown State visits Detroit. The Titans lead the league with 78.9 points per game while the Guins rank third with 68 points per game. Detroit has also given up a league-worst 73 points per contest.

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 996 games and needs just four more to collect the program's 1,000th win.

The Detroit Series
This is the 30th meeting between Youngstown State and Detroit in a series that dates back to 1953. The Titans lead the all-time series, 22-7, and have won five straight over the Penguins. The last YSU victory was an 80-78 win on Jan. 1, 2009 in Detroit.

Series vs. Detroit (7-22)
Feb. 16, 2011 Detroit L, 79-91
Jan. 22, 2011 Youngstown L, 69-73
Feb. 27, 2010 Youngstown L, 54-62
Dec. 3, 2009 Detroit L, 71-82
Jan. 31, 2009 Youngstown L, 64-68
Jan. 1, 2009 Detroit W, 80-78
Feb. 7, 2008 Youngstown W, 55-48
Jan. 12, 2008 Detroit W, 70-66
Feb. 27, 2007 Youngstown W, 82-80
Feb. 14, 2007 Youngstown W, 82-70
Jan. 6, 2007 Detroit L, 51-66
Feb. 15, 2006 Youngstown L, 54-65
Jan. 7, 2006 Detroit L, 63-68
Feb. 26, 2005 Detroit L, 47-62
Feb. 3, 2005 Youngstown W, 59-55
Feb. 28, 2004 Youngstown L, 46-56
Feb. 5, 2004 Detroit L, 43-64
Feb. 27, 2003 Detroit L, 52-86
Jan. 23, 2003 Youngstown L, 49-57
Feb. 18, 2002 Detroit L, 52-63
Jan. 17, 2002 Youngstown L, 51-66
Dec. 16, 2000 Youngstown L, 53-54
Jan. 29, 1992 Youngstown L, 64-91
Jan. 15, 1990 Youngstown L, 77-94
Feb. 15, 1989 Detroit L, 67-91
Jan. 4, 1988 Youngstown W, 67-63
Feb. 4, 1987 Detroit L, 62-64
Jan. 10, 1983 Detroit L, 72-73
Dec. 12, 1953 Detroit L, 65-101

About Detroit
Detroit is currently 3-4 overall and is coming off an 81-63 loss to Akron on Nov. 26. The Titans have five players averaging in double figures, led by Chase Simon with 16.9 points per game. Ray McCallum is second with 13.1 points per contest.

Last Time Out
The squeaked out a 60-59 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 26. Kendrick Perry led the Guins with 12 points but DuShawn Brooks hit a game-deciding 3-pointer and blocked SFU's last field-goal attempt at the buzzer to seal the victory. Brooks, Blake Allen, Ashen Ward and Cale Zuiker each had nine points.

A Win Will
• Improve YSU 5-1 on the year.
• Mark YSU's third road win of the season.
• Mark the first time since 2000-01 YSU will be a season 5-1.
• Mark the program's eighth win over Detroit.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 643rd career victory and his 63rd at Youngstown State.
• Mark YSU's 997th victory in the program's history.
• Mark the first conference-opening win since a 76-72 victory over Southern Utah on Dec. 2, 1999.

Zuiker Hits Career High Off the Bench
Freshman Cale Zuiker came off the bench to give the Guins a much-needed spark against Saint Francis (Pa.). Zuiker made 3-of-4 3-pointers for a career-high nine points in the first half against the Red Flash.

Eargle Second Nationally
Junior Damian Eargle continues to be a one of the top shot blockers in the country. Eargle currently ranks second nationally with 4.6 blocks per game. Last season, he finished the year ranked 10th in the country with 3.0 blocks per game. He trails UAB's Cameron Moore, who leads the nation with 5.2 blocks per game.

KP Diggin Doubles
Sophomore Kendrick Perry is the only YSU player to score in double figures in all five games this season. As a matter of fact, Perry has scored at least 10 points in eight straight games dating back to last season. Over that span, Perry is averaging 17.4 points per game.

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.

Eargle Nearing Third in Blocks
In just 35 games played at YSU, junior Damian Eargle ranks fourth all-time with 114 career blocks. He needs five more to move into third place past Jack Liles (118, 2005-09).

Mega-Minute Man
Sophomore Blake Allen has been clocking "big-time" minutes for the Guins. Twice this season, Allen has played in every minute (45 vs. UC-Riverside on Nov. 18 and 40 against Penn State on Nov. 23), and he played 39 against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 26. Allen, who has played in 124 of the last 125 minutes, leads the Horizon League with 38.2 minutes played.

Allen Sets Career High
Junior Blake Allen set a career high with seven 3-pointers made on his way to 25 points against Penn State on Nov. 23. Allen also tied a career high with nine field-goals made against the Nittany Lions.

Sweet Charity
In the last 105 minutes of play, the Guins have been clutch at the free-thrown line. Since the start of the second half against UC-Riverside on Nov. 18, the Guins connected on 38-of-49 (87.6 percent) from the stripe, including 9-of-9 against Penn State on Nov. 23.

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.

Ward Nearing 10th
With a 3-pointer against Penn State, senior Ashen Ward moved his career total to 106. He needs one more to move into 10th place on the YSU all-time 3-pointers made chart.

Up Next
The Guins continue Horizon League play against Wright State, Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.

50 Boards vs. Highlanders
The Guins grabbed 50 rebounds against UC-Riverside on Nov. 18. It marked the first time they posted at least 50 rebounds since grabbing 61 against Wilberforce on Jan. 11, 2011.

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 642 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 3.2 3-pointers made per game while sophomore Kendrick Perry ranks second with 2.6 made per game. Senior Ashen Ward is tied for eighth with 1.8 3-pointers made per contest.

Eargle Has Chance For 1,000
In under three seasons of playing college basketball, junior Damian Eargle has scored more than 600 points with 663. Eargle needs just 337 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.

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 first game of the season since they scored 80 against Niagara in 2003. The Guins lost that game, 89-80, Nov. 22, 2003.

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.

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 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.