Previewing Youngstown State

NC State (5-3) returns to the RBC Center tonight as the Wolfpack will face Youngstown State (5-4). Pack Pride takes a closer look at the Penquins -- tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m tonight.


    G Ashen Ward (7.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
    G Kendrick Perry (7.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
    G Devonte Maymon (11.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg)
    G Vytas Sulskis (16.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
    F Damien Eargle (9.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg)

    Vytas Sulskis - A native of Lithuania, Sulskis has terrific size for a guard and can score inside or on the perimeter. He leads the team in scoring and rebounding.

    Youngstown State Game Notes

    The NC State Series
    This is the first meeting between Youngstown State and North Carolina State. The Guins have played just three other ACC schools prior to this season. The Guins lost to Clemson, 104-84, in 1989; lost to Georgia Tech, 105-85, in 1992; and lost to Maryland, 73-49, in 2008.

    Scouting NC State
    NC State is currently 5-3 overall and is coming off a 79-60 win over South Carolina-Upstate on Dec. 11. The Wolfpack also have two losses to two top 25 teams falling to Syracuse, 65-59, on Dec. 4, and Wisconsin, 87-48, on Dec. 1. Scott Wood leads the Wolfpack in scoring with 12.1 points per game while Lorenzo Brown and Ryan Harrow are in double figures with 11.1 and 10.8 points per game, respectively.

    Up Next
    The Penguins return to Ohio but stay on the road with a visit to Kent State, Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. in Kent, Ohio.

    Last Time Out
    The Guins picked up their fifth straight home victory with a 78-62 over Malone on Dec. 13. Senior Vytas Sulskis scored a game-high 25 points and tied a career high with five 3-pointers to lead the Penguins. Sophomore Damian Eargle recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds and also blocked six shots. Junior Tre Brewer also posted his first career double-double with a 13 points and 14 rebounds - both career highs.

    Sulskis Moving Up All-Time Scoring Chart
    Senior Vytas Sulskis became the 32nd player in school history to reach 1,000 points in a career after scoring 22 against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 27. He ranks 23 all-time with 1,070 career points and needs just five more to move into 22nd place past Desmond Harrison (1,074 • 1997-2001) and 12 more to move into 21st past Phil Gaston (1,081 • 1971-75). Sulskis is also owns a 10.8 points per game scoring average.

    Eargle Fourth Nationally
    Sophomore Damian Eargle leads the Horizon League and ranks fourth nationally with 3.6 blocks per game. He has collected 26 over the last five games, including a career-high six against Malone on Dec. 13 and Toledo on Nov. 24. Eargle has tallied at least three blocks in seven of the nine games played and had at least five blocks in four different game.

    Home vs. Road
    The Guins have had vastly different outcomes when comparing home games against road contests. The Guins are averaging 74 points per game when playing at the Beeghly Center but 67. 5 points per game on the road. The Guins are also allowing 82.8 points per game on the road compared to just 61.2 points per home contest - a difference of 21.6 points. YSU has also lost its last 13 road games. The last road win for the Guins was a 74-65 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 16, 2009.

    Guins Rainin' 3's
    With 70 3-pointers made this season, the Guins lead the Horizon League with 7.8 3-pointers made per game.

    Sulskis Needs to Crash Boards
    For Youngstown State to be successful, senior Vytas Sulskis needs to be a factor on the boards as well as the scoring column. Sulskis is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game, which ranks seventh in the Horizon League. and the Guins are 4-1 this season when he grabs at least seven caroms.

    Brew Crew
    In his first career start, junior Tre Brewer posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds - both career highs. Brewer also had a 10-rebound effort in a 64-53 win over Buffalo on Nov. 16.

    20-20 Vision
    Senior Vytas Sulskis and sophomore Damian Eargle each scored 20-plus points against Malone on Dec. 13. Sulskis scored a season-high 25 while Eargle posted 24. It was the first time two YSU players scored at least 20 points in the same game since DeAndre Mays (22) and Sulskis (21) accomplished the feat at UIC on Feb. 6, 2010. Sulskis has also scored at least 20 points four times this season and 12 times in his career.

    Double Your Pleasure
    The double-doubles by Damian Eargle and Tre Brewer against Malone on Dec. 13 marked the first time two Guins have posted a double-double in the same game since Vytas Sulskis (24 points, 11 rebounds) and DeAndre Mays (16 points, 10 assists) did so against Valparaiso on Feb. 13, 2010.

    Sulskis Streak Reaches Century
    Against NC State, Senior Vytas Sulskis will play in his 100th straight game for Youngstown State. Sulskis has played in every game in his career and has made 66 career starts.

    Guins Against Non-League Foes
    The Guins have played pretty well against non-Horizon League foes. YSU owns a 5-2 record and is averaging 73.4 points per game. Senior Vytas Sulskis is averaging 17.4 points per game while shooting 63.2 percent (35-of-57) from the field and 51.6 percent (16-of-31) from 3-point range against non-league opponents

    Big Wins Have Been Rare
    The Guins' 91 points against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 27 are the most points scored since they put up 96 against Allegheny on Nov. 22, 2008. It is also the most points scored against a Division I opponent since a 92-87 win over UIC on Feb. 3, 2007. The Guins' 28-point margin of victory is the largest point differential over a Division I foe since an 89-59 (+30) win over Chicago State on Jan. 15, 1996. The Guins' last 20-point win over a Division I opponent was a 78-58 victory at James Madison on Dec. 19, 2006.

    Sulskis Among Stat Leaders
    Senior Vytas Sulskis' name can be found all over the Horizon League statistical leaderboard. Sulskis second in 3-point field-goal percentage (.459), fourth in field-goal percentage (.573), fifth in scoring (16.8), seventh in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and 10th in assists (2.7 apg).

    Triple Trifecta
    Earlier this season, the Guins accomplished a feat never achieved before in school history. The Guins made at least 10 3-pointers in three straight games. They made 10 in a loss to Akron (11/20), 11 against Toledo (11/24) and 10 in the win over Saint Francis (Pa.) (11/27).

    KP3 Breaking Out
    Freshman point guard Kendrick Perry is coming into his own early in his freshman season. Perry ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 7.7 points per game. He also ranks fifth in the Horizon League with 3.9 assists per game and sixth with a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio. He scored a career-high 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field against Saint Francis (Pa.) (11/27).

    Ward Goes For Career High
    After going scoreless in the season opener, junior Ashen Ward stepped up and played the best two games of his career in back-to-back outings. Against Buffalo (11/16), Ward scored a then-career-high 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range. Ward scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half and also put the game away with a five straight points (a jumper and a 3-pointer) to extend YSU's lead from five to nine with just two minutes left. In the loss at Akron (11/20), Ward connected on 4-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range, for a career-high 14 points.

    Sulskis Climbing 3-Point Chart
    Senior Vytas Sulskis continues to move up the Youngstown State all-time 3-point chart. With a career-best five 3-pointers against Malone on Dec. 13, Sulskis ranks tied for fourth with Hank Raber (143, 1992-97). He needs 22 more 3-pointers to tie Quin Humphrey (165 • 2003-07) for third on the all-time list. Sulskis' season-high for 3-pointers made was 46 in 2007-08.

    Slocum Notches 50th Win at YSU
    With the 64-61 win over Samford on Nov. 12, Head Coach Jerry Slocum earned his 50th win at Youngstown State. It was also his 630th career victory. Slocum has now won at least 50 games at four different schools in his 36 years of coaching. He won 199 at Nyack, 202 at Geneva and 179 at Gannon.

    Tough Schedule
    The Penguins have never been shy about scheduling tough opponents and 2010-11 is no different. This season, the Guins will play nine 20-win teams and six programs that made the 2010 postseason.

    Big Name Opponents
    Over the last five seasons, the Penguins have made it a habit to schedule teams from BCS conferences. This season, the Guins visit NC State from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since 2006-07, the Guins have faced teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Maryland and NC State), Big East (Pittsburgh and Notre Dame), Big Ten (Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State) and Pac-10 (UCLA).

    18 League Games
    The 18 conference games will tie a school record. This is the fourth straight season YSU will play 18 conference games. As members of the Mid-Continent Conference, YSU played 18 games three times (1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96).

    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 is 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 Zuiker
    Youngstown State signed 6-foot-9 forward Cale Zuiker (ZIKE-er) to a national letter of intent during the early signing period. Last season as a junior, Zuiker, who scored 312 points last year, was a unanimous First-Team All-Wisconsin Valley Conference selection after averaging 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and three blocks per game. He also led Marshfield High School to its first conference title since 1992 and tied a school record for wins in a season with 18.

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