The Youngstown State men's basketball team (9-8, 4-2 Horizon League) returns home to entertain Horizon League-leader Milwaukee, Friday, Jan. 20, at the Beeghly Center. Tipoff is set for 7:03 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN3.com. The game can also be heard on 570 WKBN-AM.
The Milwaukee Series
This is the 30th meeting between Youngstown State and Milwaukee in an all-times series that dates back to 1972. Milwaukee owns a 24-5 advantage in the series and has won that last four games and seven of the last eight games. In the last meeting, Milwaukee outlasted the Guins in overtime, 94-87, at the Beeghly Center.
Milwaukee is currently 13-6 overall and leads the Horizon League with a 6-1 league mark, including winning its last three contests. The Panthers are coming off victories over Wright State (58-38) on Jan. 12 and Detroit (84-74) on Jan. 14. Kaylon Williams leads the Panthers with 11.3 points and 6.2 assists per game. Tony Meier, James Haarsma and Ja'Rob McCallum are also in double figures averaging 10.3, 10.2 and 10 points per game, respectively.
A Win Will
• Improve YSU to 10-8 on the year and 5-3 in the Horizon League.
• Mark YSU's first 10-win season since 2008-09.
• Mark the quickest to 10 victories since the 2000-01 squad started 11-7.
• Mark YSU's sixth home win of the season.
• Mark the program's sixth win over Milwaukee.
• Snap a four-game losing streak to Milwaukee.
• Mark YSU's first win over Milwaukee since 2009.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 648th career victory and his 68th at Youngstown State.
• Mark YSU's 1,002nd victory in the program's history.
Senior Steppin Up
Senior Ashen Ward has been the Guins' go-to player over the last five games. The Cleveland, Ohio, native averaged 18.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He also shot 56.6 percent (30-of-53) from the floor and 58.6 percent (17-of-29)from 3-point range.
Allen Reaches 100 3's
With two 3-pointers against Butler, junior Blake Allen recorded the 100th made 3-pointer of his career. Allen reached the century mark in his 47th game played, which is the second fastest in school history. Elmer Brown (1998-2000) reached 100 made 3-pointers in his 45th game.
Eargle Block Party
Junior Damian Eargle has recorded a block in every game this season. He has posted multiple blocks in 15 of 17 games and has swatted at least three blocks in 14 games. Over the last four games, Eargle has tallied 19 blocked shots for an average of 5.3 blocks per contest. He has also posted at least five blocks nine times this season.
The Starting Line
• The Guins have had the same starting lineup in all 17 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 Streakin From 3
Junior Blake Allen has made at least one 3-pointer in all 17 games this season and has made at least one in 24 straight contests dating back to last year. He has also made at least three 3-pointers in 10 of 17 games this year. Allen also leads the Horizon League with 3.1 3-pointers made per game. Allen has also made 92 3-pointers in the last 34 games.
Sophomore Kendrick Perry continues to prove that he is one of the top all-around players in the Horizon League. Perry ranks sixth in the league in scoring (14.6), leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2), second in steals (2.2), third in assists (4.2) and 10th in 3-pointers made per game (1.5).
Allen Reaches Single-Season Top 10
With his two 3-pointers against Butler, junior Blake Allen also moved into 10th place on the YSU single-season 3-pointers made list with 53. He needs two more to move into ninth, but just 10 more to move into second place. Allen is also on pace to break the record of 92 set by Craig Haese in 2000-01.
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).
Guins Setting Record Pace
The Guins have made 155 3-pointers in 17 games this season for an average of 9.1 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 15 guaranteed games, they will finish the season with 273 3-pointers made.
Ward Award Sets Mark
Senior Ashen Ward's selection as the Horizon League Co-Player of the Week marked the third time this season a YSU player has won the award. It marks the first time since the 2006-07 season that YSU won three player-of -the-week awards. It is also the first time since joining the Horizon League that three different players won the award in the same season.
2006-07 Award Winners
Dec. 11 - Keston Roberts
Jan. 2 - Keston Roberts
Feb. 19 - Quin Humphrey
2011-12 Award Winners
Dec. 5 - DuShawn Brooks
Jan. 2 - Damian Eargle
Jan. 9 - Ashen Ward
Eargle Third Nationally
Junior Damian Eargle continues to be 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.
Eargle Single-Season Blocks Rank 4th
Junior Damian Eargle has 72 blocks in 17 games this season. His total already ranks fourth on the YSU single-season blocks chart. His 91 last season rank second on the list.
Last Time Out
Senior Ashen Ward scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, but the Guins dropped a 71-55 decision to Butler on Jan. 15 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Sophomore Kendrick Perry also reached double figures with 10 points.
The Guins host Green Bay, Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Beeghly Center. Tipoff is slated for 2:05 p.m.
Eargle Moves Into Second
Junior Damian Eargle has moved into second place on the YSU career blocks chart in just 45 games played. Eargle has 163 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 220 blocked shots for his entire college career.
Perry Surpasses 500 Points
Sophomore Kendrick Perry could become the 33rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. In just 476 career games, Perry has scored 518 points and needs 482 more to reach the coveted plateau. For his career, he is averaging 11 points per game, including a 14.6 points per game scoring average this year.
Ward Now Ranks 7th
With 32 3-pointers this season, senior Ashen Ward now ranks eighth all-time with 129 career 3-pointers. He needs seven 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 318-234 in games played in the Beeghly Center.
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.
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 Mays 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.
Eargle Has Chance For 1,000
In under three seasons of playing college basketball, junior Damian Eargle has scored more than 700 points with 787. Eargle needs just 213 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