The Youngstown State men's basketball team (6-3) plays the second of three straight Mid-American Conference schools when it visits Toledo, Saturday, Dec. 17. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Savage Arena. The game can be heard on 570 WKBN-AM.
The Toledo Series
This is the 11th meeting between Youngstown State and Toledo in a series that dates back to 1942. After losing the first seven contests, the Guins have won two of the last three. Last season, the Guins defeated the Rockets, 73-67, in the Beeghly Center.
Series Against Toledo (2-8)
Nov. 24, 2010 Youngstown W, 73-67
Nov. 26, 2003 Toledo L, 74-78
Nov. 30, 2002 Youngstown W, 69-61
Dec. 8, 2001 Toledo L, 65-79
Dec. 20, 1999 Youngstown L, 57-63
Dec. 30, 1997 Toledo L, 51-54
Feb. 17, 1943 Youngstown L, 39-62
Dec. 19, 1942 Toledo L, 51-76
Feb. 18, 1942 Youngstown L, 43-80
Feb. 5, 1942 Toledo L, 32-88
Toledo is currently 6-3 and is coming off a 57-55 loss to Horizon League member Loyola on Dec. 10. Rian Pearson leads the Rockets with 17.6 points per game while Julius Brown is second with 13.6 points per game. Dominique Buckley and Matt Smith are also scoring in double figures with 12.6 and 10.5 points per game, respectively.
Last Time Against Toledo
The Guins defeated the Rockets, 73-67, on Nov. 24, 2010, at the Beeghly Center. The Guins made 11 3-pointers and were led by Vytas Sulskis' 20 points. Damian Eargle scored 15 points and Kendrick Perry added 12 points.
Last Time Out
The Guins dropped a hard-fought 80-72 decision to Buffalo on Dec. 10. Sophomore Kendrick Perry posted his second career double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. Senior Ashen Ward and junior Blake Allen each scored 17 points.
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 6th
Junior Damian Eargle has 38 blocks in eight games this season. His total already ranks sixth on the YSU single-season blocks chart. He needs two to move into fifth 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 nine games this season and has made at least one in 16 straight contests dating back to last year. He has also made at least three 3-pointers in six of the nine games this year. Allen also leads the Horizon League with 3.4 3-pointers made per game. Allen has also made 70 3-pointers in the last 26 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.
Eargle Moves Into Third
Junior Damian Eargle has moved into third place on the YSU career blocks chart in just 38 games played. Eargle has 129 blocked shots and needs just six more to move into second place past David Brown (134, 1997-2001).
Best Start Since 1997-98
At 6-3, the Guins are off to their best start since the 1997-98 season which they went 20-9 and reached the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship game. Now the Penguins are searching for their best start since going 8-2 after 10 games in 1997-98.
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 7-3 on the year.
• Mark YSU's fourth road win of the season.
• Mark the first time since 1997-98 YSU had at least seven wins after 10 games. Started that year 8-2.
• 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 88 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 59.5 points per game. As a team, the Guins are averaging 67.4 points per game, which translates into the starters scoring 88 percent of the team's points.
Brooks Named Player of the Week
For his performance last 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 88 3-pointers in just seven games this season for an average of 9.8 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 21 guaranteed games, they will finish the season with 294 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 4.2 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 3.4 3-pointers made per game and 28th with a .463 3-point field-goal percentage. As a team, the Guins rank eighth nationally with 9.8 3-pointers made per game and 36th with a .393 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 eight of nine games and has posted at least three blocks seven 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.
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 eight games into the season, the Guins are the Horizon League's top 3-point shooting team. YSU leads the circuit with a .394 3-point percentage and 9.8 3-pointers made per game.
The Guins play their third straight road contest against a school from the Mid-American Conference when they visit Akron, Monday, Dec. 19. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
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 644 career coaching victories.
Eargle Has Chance For 1,000
In under three seasons of playing college basketball, junior Damian Eargle has scored more than 600 points with 698. Eargle needs just 302 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.
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.