Men's Basketball Hosts Notre Dame College in 2011-12 Home Opener Tuesday

Men's Basketball Hosts Notre Dame College in 2011-12 Home Opener Tuesday

Game Notes | Head Coach Jerry Slocum Interview | Sophomore Kendrick Perry Interview

The Youngstown State men's basketball team hosts Notre Dame College in the 2011-12 home opener, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 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 will be 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 313-233 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 993 games and needs just seven more to collect the program's 1,000th win.

Guins in Home Openers
Youngstown State is 57-24 in home and defeated Samford, 64-61, in last year's first home game.

The Notre Dame College Series
This is just the first meeting between Youngstown State and Notre Dame College.

About Notre Dame College
Division II member Notre Dame is currently 1-0 after defeating Houghton, 79-76, in overtime on Nov. 11. Marcquice Taylor led the Falcons with 21 points while Taylor Rieger added 17 points.

Last Time Out
Sophomore Kendrick Perry scored a career-high 28 points to lead four Penguins scoring in double figures in a 76-69 win over Samford on Nov. 12. Junior Damian Eargle posted 17 points with six blocks while junior Blake Allen and senior Ashen Ward had 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Up Next
The Guins stay at home to host UC Riverside, Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.

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 639 career coaching victories. He also ranks 43rd all-time in career victories.

Eargle Nearing 100 Blocks
With six blocks against Samford on Nov. 12, junior Damian Eargle pushed his YSU career blocks total to 97. He needs just three more to become just the fourth player in school history to record 100 career blocks.

Ward Nearing Century Mark
Senior Ashen Ward made one 3-pointer against Samford on Nov. 12, increasing his career total to 98. He needs just two more to reach 100 and nine more to move into 10th place on the YSU all-time 3-pointers made chart.

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.

A Win Will
• Improve YSU 2-0 on the year.
• Mark YSU's first home win of the season.
• Mark the second straight year YSU began the season 2-0.
• Mark the program's first win over Notre Dame College.
• Mark YSU's 314th win in the Beeghly Center.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 640th career victory and his 60th at Youngstown State.
• Mark YSU's 994th victory in the program's history.

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.

Eargle Has Chance For 1,000
In just two seasons of playing college basketball, junior Damian Eargle has scored more than 600 points with 624. Eargle needs just 376 more points to reach 1,000 for his entire career, which includes 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.

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.

Ward Approaching Top 10
Senior Ashen Ward has made 98 3-pointers during his career and just nine more to move into 10th place on the YSU all-time 3-point chart.

Scoring Uprise
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.

To the Point
Youngstown State's two point guards - Blake Allen and Kendrick Perry - were the two best in the Horizon League at taking care of the ball. Last year, the two have combined for 196 assists and committed just 91 turnovers for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.2.

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.

Ward First With 50 Since 06-07
Last season, Ashen Ward led the team with 50 3-pointers made. He became the first player to make at least 50 3-pointers since Quin Humphrey made 65 in 2006-07.

KP3 Most Frosh Assists in 20 Years
Kendrick Perry's 122 assists mark 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.

Record-Setting Guins
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.

Ball Security
The Guins showed extreme care when handling the basketball last season. Blake Allen led the Horizon League with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.2 (74-to-34). Kendrick Perry, who ranked fourth in the league with 4.1 assists per game, was second with a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio (122-to-57).

Eargle Impressive
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 ranks second on the Youngstown State single-season list.

Ending Strong
Over the last 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.

Eargle Tied Career Scoring High
Damian Eargle tied a career high with 25 points in the 91-79 loss at Detroit on Feb. 16. The last time Eargle scored 25 points in a game was against Appalachian State in 2009 when he played at UNC-Greensboro. Eargle posted 11 rebounds and five blocks against the Titans.

Beyond the Arc
The Guins' 11 3-pointers made against Bowling Green on Feb. 19, 2011, which marked the ninth time last season they made at least 10 3-pointers in a game. The Guins also tried at least 20 3-pointers in 22 out of 30 games last year.

Guins Tie 3's Mark
Against Butler on Jan. 9, 2011, Youngstown State tied a single-game record with 14 3-pointers. It marked the fifth time that has been done in school history. The last time YSU made 14 3-pointers was against UIC in 2007.

Ward Set Career High Against UIC
Ashen Ward set a career-high with 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor, including seven 3-pointers, in the Guins' 71-69 win over UIC on Dec. 30.

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.

Penguin Block Party
As a team, the Guins had 148 blocks, almost doubling the 74 by their opponents. It also ranks as the second most in school history - just 19 shy of the school record.

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.