The Youngstown State men's basketball team (12-9, 7-4 Horizon League) looks to pick up its second season sweep of the year when it visits UIC, Thursday, Feb. 2. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (EDT) at the UIC Pavilion and will be broadcast on 570 WKBN-AM.
The UIC Series
This is the 29th meeting between Youngstown State and UIC in a series that dates back to 1993. The Flames own a 21-7 advantage in the all-time series, but the Guins have won five of the last eight games. In the last meeting, YSU defeated the Flames, 71-50, on Jan. 7 in Youngstown. The last time the Guins won at the UIC Pavilion was a 68-60 victory on Feb. 7, 2009.
UIC is currently 6-15 overall and 2-9 in the Horizon League. The Flames own a 6-4 record at home but are just 2-3 at home against league opponents. Leading the Flames is Gary Talton with 11.3 points per game and Daniel Barnes with 10.9 points per contest. Darrin Williams leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game and is nearly averaging in double figures with 9.9 points per game.
Last Time Against UIC
In the last meeting against UIC, senior Ashen Ward scored a season-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, including four 3-pointers. Kendrick Perry scored 14 points with six assists while Damian Eargle and Blake Allen added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
A Win Will
• Improve YSU to 13-9 on the year and 8-4 in the Horizon League.
• Mark YSU's most league wins since joining the Horizon League.
• Mark YSU's most overall wins since 2006-07.
• Mark YSU's sixth road win of the season.
• Mark the program's eighth win over UIC.
• Mark the first season sweep over UIC since 2008-09
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 651st career victory and his 71st at Youngstown State.
• Mark YSU's 1,005th victory in the program's history.
Last Time Out
Sophomore Kendrick Perry scored a career-high 30 points in a 73-65 win over Milwaukee on Jan. 31. Senior DuShawn Brooks and junior Damian Eargle each scored 14 points.
Need to Hit the Glass
Coaches often talk of the importance of rebounding and for the Guins it is vital to success. When the Guins outrebound their opponents they own a record of 8-0.
Hold Under 70
Another ingredient for the Guins to be successful is to hold their opponents under 70 points. YSU is 12-3 when not allowing its opponents to score 70 points or more.
KP Hits Career High
Sophomore Kendrick Perry scored a career-high 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field, including four 3-pointers. Perry became the first YSU player to score 30 points since DeAndre Mays scored 30 against Loyola on Jan. 9, 2010.
Guins Tie Horizon League POW Mark
With Blake Allen's accolade, Youngstown State becomes just the second school in Horizon League history and the first since Loyola in 1984-85 to have four different players earn player-of-the-week honors in the same season. Allen joins senior DuShawn Brooks (Dec. 5), junior Damian Eargle (Jan. 2) and senior Ashen Ward (Jan. 9) as recipients of the award this year.
Perry First Soph With 30 in 20 Years
With his 30-point performance against Milwaukee, Kendrick Perry became the first YSU sophomore to score at least 30 points since Mike Alcorn scored 35 on Feb. 24, 1992.
Allen Has Career Night
Junior Blake Allen set a career scoring high with 27 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field against Milwaukee on Jan. 27. Allen also tied a career high with seven 3-pointers against the Panthers. He made seven 3-pointers against Penn State on Nov. 23, 2011. It also marked his third 20-point outing this season.
Eargle Has Chance For 1,000
In under three seasons of playing college basketball, junior Damian Eargle has scored more than 800 points with 827. Eargle needs just 173 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.
Allen Now Third
With a three 3-pointers made against Cleveland State on Jan. 28, junior Blake Allen is ranked third on the YSU single-season list with 64 3-pointers. He needs two more to move into second place. He also ranks 11th all-time with 111 career 3-pointers and needs three more to move into 10th.
Biscuit in the Basket
With 64 3-pointers made, junior Blake Allen is the first player to make at least 60 3-pointers in season since Quin Humphrey made 65 in 2006-07. Allen also set the school's single-season mark for 3-pointers made by a junior.
Eargle Block Party
Junior Damian Eargle has recorded a block in every game this season. He has posted multiple blocks in 19 of 21 games and has swatted at least three blocks in 18 games. Over the last nine games, Eargle has tallied 35 blocked shots for an average of 4.0 blocks per contest. He has also posted at least five blocks 10 times this season.
The Starting Line
• The Guins have had the same starting lineup in all 21 games.
• Four starters are averaging in double figures in all games.
• All five starters are scoring in double figures in Horizon League games only.
• Each starter has posted at least one 20-point outing.
• Four starters rank in the top 20 in scoring in the Horizon League.
• Starters account for 88 percent of the Guins' scoring.
Allen Streak Snapped
Junior Blake Allen's consecutive streak of at least one 3-pointer made in a game was snapped at 27 after not making one against Milwaukee on Jan. 31. The last time Allen did not make at least one 3-pointer was against Valparaiso on Feb. 5, 2011.
Guins Setting Record Pace
The Guins have made 189 3-pointers in 20 games this season for an average of 9.0 3-pointers made per game. They are on pace to shatter the school's single-season mark of 235 set last year. If YSU continues this pace over the next nine guaranteed games, they will finish the season with 261 3-pointers made.
Eargle Single-Season Blocks Rank Third
Junior Damian Eargle has 87 blocks in 19 games this season. His total already ranks third on the YSU single-season blocks chart. His 91 last season rank second on the list.
The Guins close out their three-game road trip against Loyola, Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. EDT.
Eargle Moves Into Second
Junior Damian Eargle has moved into second place on the YSU career blocks chart in just 51 games played. Eargle has 178 blocked shots. The only player ahead of Eargle is Ricky Tunstall, who recorded 221 career blocks. Counting his 57 blocks at UNC-Greensboro, Eargle has reached 235 blocked shots for his entire college career.
Perry Nearing 500 Points
Sophomore Kendrick Perry could become the 33rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. In just 51 career games, Perry has scored 582 points and needs 418 more to reach the coveted plateau. For his career, he is averaging 11.4 points per game, including a 14.9 points per game scoring average this year.
Ward Now Ranks 7th
With 36 3-pointers this season, senior Ashen Ward now ranks seventh all-time with 134 career 3-pointers. He needs two more to move into sixth place on the list.
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 320-235 in games played in the Beeghly Center.
Allen Named Player of the Week
Junior guard Blake Allen was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on Jan. 23 after averaging 21.5 points per game and shooting 75 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from 3-point range. Allen, who led the Guins to a 2-0 record, scored a career-high 27 points against Milwaukee and had 16 against Green Bay.
Ward Named POW
For the first time in his career, senior Ashen Ward was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on Jan. 9. Ward averaged 21.5 points per game last week and shot at a 63.6 percent clip from the field and 70 percent from 3-point range. He posted consecutive 20-point performance in two wins over Loyola (21 points) and UIC (22).
Eargle Named HL Player of the Week
Junior forward Damian Eargle was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on Jan. 2. Eargle posted his second double-double with a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds and led the Penguins to a 73-67 win over Cleveland State on Dec. 31. Eargle scored 14 of his points in the second half. He went 8-of-11 from the field. It marks the first time in his YSU career Eargle has won the league accolade.
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 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.