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Basketball Visits Cleveland State in Crucial Horizon League Matchup
by YSU
Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 9:39 am

The Youngstown State men's basketball team heads visits in-state and Horizon League foe Cleveland State in a crucial game for both squads on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Wolstein Center.

Tipoff Notes
• Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game can be heard on 570 WKBN-AM and iHeartRadio.
• The game will also be broadcast on Time Warner Sports Channel 311/1311 for HD and the Horizon League Network.

Last Time Out
• The Penguins dropped a hard-fought 88-77 decision to Detroit on Feb. 1.
• Junior Kendrick Perry led the team with 22 points.
• Junior Kamren Belin scored 19 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers to go aolong with seven rebounds.
• Senior Damian Eargle posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
• Eargle also blocked a season-high seven shots against the Titans.

Up Next
• The Penguins begin a five-game homestand when they host Loyola, Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Beeghly Center.
• Tipoff is at 7:45 p.m. and is the second half of a basketball doubleheader with the YSU women's basketball team, who plays Detroit at 5:15 p.m.
• The game can be heard on 570 WKBN-AM and iHeartRadio.
• Fans can also watch the contest on the Horizon League Network.

The Cleveland State Series
• This is the 79th meeting between Youngstown State and Cleveland State in a series that dates back to 1930.
• Cleveland State owns a slim 40-38 advantage in the all-time series and has won nine of the last 12 games.
• In the last meeting, the Penguins came away with a 73-59 victory at the Beeghly Center.
• At the Wolstein Center last season, Youngstown State came away with a 73-67 win.

Scouting Cleveland State
• Cleveland State is 11-12 overall and 3-6 in the Horizon League and is coming off a 77-66 win at UIC on Feb. 2.
• That win snapped a four-game losing streak, but the Vikings have still lost five of the last seven games.
• The Vikings are led by Bryn Forbes with 12 points per game.
• Charlie Lee is also averaging 10.7 points per game.
• The Vikings own a 7-2 record at home.

A Win Will
• Improve YSU to 14-9 overall on the year.
• Improve YSU to 6-4 in the Horizon League.
• Mark YSU's 39th win over Cleveland State.
• Mark YSU's seventh road win of the season.
• Mark Head Coach Jerry Slocum's 669th career victory and his 88th at Youngstown State.
• Mark YSU's 1,022nd victory in the program's history.

Belin Newcomer of the Week, Again
• For the second straight week, junior Kamren Belin has been named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Week.
• Belin set a career high with six 3-pointers  en route to a 19-point effort against Detroit on Feb. 1.
• He also added seven rebounds in a losing cause.
• Belin helped the Penguins topple Valparaiso, finishing with an efficient 16 points on Jan. 30.
• For the week, Belin was 9-for-15 from 3-point range.
• In conference play, Belin is averaging 13.3 points per game, hitting 44.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.

• Youngstown State made a season-high 11 3-pointers against Detroit on Feb. 1.
• It also marks the first time this season the Penguins made at least 10 3-pointers in game.
• Last season, the Penguins made 10-or-more 3's in a game on 10 occasions.

KP - 20/20 Vision
• With 22 points against Detroit, junior Kendrick Perry recorded his sixth 20-point performance this season.
• Perry, who has 18 career 20-point games, also had 28 against Valparaiso (1/30) and averaged 25 points per game last week.
• Youngstown State is 2-4 when Perry has scored at least 20 points this year.
• Over the last five games, Perry is averaging 17.4 points per game.

Belin is Booming
• Over the last five games, no one has been more consistent than junior forward Kamren Belin.
• Belin has averaged 18 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
• He has connected on 49.2 percent from the floor and 47.1 percent from the 3-point line.
• He is also averaging 3.2 3-pointers made per game during that span.

Eargle Nearing 1,000 at YSU
• The 1,000-point countdown for senior Damian Eargle has officially started.
• Eargle needs just 40 more points to become the 34th player in school history to score 1,000 points.
• Eargle has scored 960 points, including 277 this season, in his three-year career at Youngstown State.
• Including his 268 points at UNCG in 2008-09, Eargle has scored 1,228 points in his collegiate career.
• He would become the only player in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 blocks.

Allen Nearing 3's Mark
• With one 3-pointer against Detroit, senior Blake is within five of tying the YSU career 3-point record.
• Allen has made 193 career 3's and needs six more to break the record of 198 in three years.
• The record of 198 was set by Craig Haese from 1997-2001, in four seasons.
• Allen ranks second in the Horizon League with 55 3-pointers and 2.5 3-pointers made per game.

Web Gem
• Freshman Ryan Weber turned in a career performance against Detroit on Feb. 1.
• Weber hit two 3-pointers, scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds against the Titans.
• Weber has hit three 3's in the last two games after making just one in the first 20.
Eargle Approaching 300 Blocks
• Senior Damian Eargle has the chance to become the only player in YSU and Horizon League history to record 300 blocks.
• Eargle has 284 blocked shots, which are the YSU and Horizon League career records.
• Counting his 57 blocks at UNC-Greensboro, Eargle has reached 341 blocked shots for his entire college career.

Kam Craves League Play
• Junior Kamren Belin is making a case for an All-Newcomer Team selection.
• Belin is averaging 13.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game and shooting 44 percent from the field and the 3-point line in league play.
• Against league opponents, Belin ranks second in 3-point percentage (.447), third in 3-pointers made (21) and 3-pointers made per game (2.3) and 12th in scoring.
• Belin ranks second among league newcomers in scoring with 13.3 points per game in league-only games.
• Belin has scored in double figures in five straight and has at least 16 points in four of the last five games.

Basketball Visits Cleveland State in Crucial Horizon League Matchup
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