The Youngstown State men's basketball team (14-13, 9-7 Horizon League) returns home to host in-state foe Wright State in a critical Horizon League matchup, Thursday, Feb. 23. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center and can be heard on 570 WKBN-AM.
The Wright State Series
This is the 44th meeting between Youngstown State and Wright State in a series that dates back to 1977. The Raiders own a 36-7 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last nine meetings against the Guins. However, seven of those last nine contests have been decided by five points or less, including a one-point loss on Dec. 3, 2011. The last YSU win was a 72-57 victory on Feb. 23, 2007, at the Beeghly Center.
KP Putting Up POY Numbers
Sophomore Kendrick Perry is having a player-of-the-year type season. Perry leads the Horizon League in scoring with 16.4 points per game and a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. He also ranks second in steals per game (2.4) and tied for third in assists per game (3.9). Over the last seven games, Perry is averaging 22.9 points 3.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game while shooting 56.3 from the field, 42.5 from 3-point range and 79.5 from the free-throw line.
Eargle Nearing League Blocks Mark
Junior Damian Eargle is approaching two Horizon League single-season blocks records. Earlge has 108 total blocks and 60 blocks in Horizon League games only. He needs three more to tie and four more to break the league's single-season blocks record in all games and league-games only.
Guins Set 3-Point Mark Again
With 13 3-pointers against Austin Peay, the Guins set the school's single-season record for most 3-pointers with 237. They broke the record of 235 set in 2010-11. The previous mark of 199 was set in 1997-98.
Four For 40
For the first time in school history, the Guins have four players that have made at least 40 3-pointers in the same season. Blake Allen has 81, Ashen Ward has 49, Kendrick Perry has 46 and DuShawn Brooks has 40. With his next 3-pointer made, Ashen Ward will collect his 50th triple of the season. It will mark the first time since 1997-98 that two Guins have made at least 50 3's in the same year.
Ward Nearing 50
His next 3-pointer made will be the 50th of the season for senior Ashen Ward. He will be the first player to make at least 50 3-pointers in consecutive seasons since Quin Humphrey made 50 in 2005-06 and 65 in 2006-07.
Allen in Top 10
With three 3-pointers made against Austin Peay on Feb. 18, junior Blake Allen made his 128th career 3-pointer at Youngstown State. He currently ranks seventh all-time. He needs eight more to move into sixth place (Doug Underwood, 135, 2001-04). He also has 81 3-pointers this season, which ranks second on the single-season list. He is 12 shy of breaking the single-season record of 92 set by Craig Haese in 2000-01.
Ward Now Into 5th
With 49 3-pointers this season, senior Ashen Ward now ranks fifth all-time with 146 career 3-pointers. He needs one more to move into sole possession of fifth place on the list. Ward also needs three more to move into a tie for 10th place on the single-season list with 52.
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 321-236 in games played in the Beeghly Center.
KP Sets Single-Season Steals Mark
With three steals against Austin Peay on Feb. 18, sophomore Kendrick Perry set the school single-season steals mark. He now has 66 steals this season. The old record of 64 was set by Marlon Williamson in 2002-03.
A Win Will
• Improve YSU to 15-13 on the year and 10-7 in the Horizon League.
• Mark YSU's most overall wins since 2000-01.
• Mark the first 10-win season in Horizon League play.
• Mark YSU's ninth home win of the season.
• Mark the second straight season with at least nine home victories.
• Guarantee a winning regular season for the first time since 2000-01.
• Mark the program's eighth win over Wright State.
• Mark the Guins first win over Wright State since 2007.
• Snap a nine-game losing streak to Wright State.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 653rd career victory and his 73rd at Youngstown State.
• Mark YSU's 1,007th victory in the program's history.
About Wright State
Wright State is currently 13-16 overall and 7-9 in the Horizon League. Junior Julius Mays leads the Raiders in scoring with 14.4 points per game and is the only player averaging in double figures. The Raiders are averaging 58.5 points per game and own a 4-8 record on the road.
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 9-0.
To Catch a Thief
With a career-high seven steals against Loyola on Feb. 5, sophomore Kendrick Perry set the YSU sophomore record for steals in a season with 56. He also holds the single-season steals mark. With 106 career steals, Perry is tied for ninth on the all-time list. He needs two more to move into eighth place past Vytas Sulskis with 107 (2007-11).
Eargle Has Chance For 1,000
In under three seasons of playing college basketball, junior Damian Eargle has scored more than 800 points with 890. Eargle needs just 110 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 On His Way to 700 Points
Sophomore Kendrick Perry could become the 33rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. In just 57 career games, Perry has scored 712 points and needs 288 more to reach the coveted plateau. For his career, he is averaging 12.5 points per game, including a 16.4 points per game scoring average this year.
Hold Under 70
Another ingredient for the Guins to be successful is to hold their opponents under 70 points. YSU is 14-4 when not allowing its opponents to score 70 points or more. When allowing 70-or-more points, the Penguins are 0-9.
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.
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 Had 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. 20. 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 Block Party
Junior Damian Eargle has recorded a block in every game this season. He has posted multiple blocks in 23 of 27 games and has swatted at least three blocks in 22 games.
KP Back-to-Back 100-Assist Seasons
With three assists against Valparaiso on Feb. 11, sophomore Kendrick Perry reached to 100-assist mark for the second straight season. He is the first player since DeAndre Mays (2008-10) to post back-to-back 100-assist seasons. It also marks the fourth straight year and the sixth time in the last seven seasons that a YSU player has recorded at least 100 assists in a season.
The Starting Line
• The Guins have had the same starting lineup in all 27 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 89 percent of the Guins' scoring.
Eargle Second to 100 Blocks
Junior Damian Eargle has 108 blocks in 27 games this season, which ranks second on the YSU single-season list. He needs 31 more to set the single-season mark of 138 set by Ricky Tunstall in 1982-83. His 91 blocks last season now rank third on the list. He needs three more to set the Horizon League mark as well.
Eargle Nearing 200 Blocks
With his next blocked shot, junior Damian Eargle will become just the second player in school history to accumulate at least 200 career blocked shots. Eargle has 199 blocked shots. The only player ahead of Eargle is Ricky Tunstall, who recorded 221 career blocks. He needs 22 more blocks to set the school's all-time blocks record. Counting his 57 blocks at UNC-Greensboro, Eargle has reached 256 blocked shots for his entire college career.
Guins Set League Mark
With Kendrick Perry's weekly award, Youngstown State became the first program in Horizon League history to have five different players earn player-of-the-week accolades. Perry joins senior DuShawn Brooks (Dec. 5), junior Damian Eargle (Jan. 2), senior Ashen Ward (Jan. 9) and junior Blake Allen (Jan. 23) as recipients of the award this year.
The Guins close out the regular season against Detroit, Saturday, Feb. 25. Tipoff is set for 2:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center. The contest is the Horizon League Game of the Week and will also be broadcast on ESPN3.com.