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YSU men’s basketball captures several Horizon League postseason awards

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - The Youngstown State men's basketball team was represented well on the 2013 Horizon League Postseason Awards list after a vote of the league's head coaches, sports information directors and selected media.

Senior Damian Eargle was named the league's 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, junior Kendrick Perry was named to the All-Horizon League First-Team for the second straight year and selected to the All-Defensive Team. Junior Kamren Belin was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.

Eargle led the league with 3.1 blocks per game overall and 2.9 blocks per Horizon League game. He averaged 11.8 points per game this season, also ranked fifth with 6.2 rebounds per game and fourth with 4.4 defensive rebounds per game.

Eargle, the 34th 1,000-point scorer in school history, led the Horizon League in blocks in 2011-12 with 116 and is the league's record holder for most blocks in a career with 293. Eargle was also a 2012 Horizon League All-Defensive Team selection.

Perry was named All-Horizon League First-Team after finishing second in the league in scoring with 16.9 points per game. He also led the league in steals for the second straight season with 2.0 steals per contest and was named to the All-Defensive Team with Eargle. Perry also ranked fifth in free-throw percentage (.848) and sixth in assists per game (4.1 apg).

Perry, who became the 33rd YSU player to score 1,000 career points, ranks 19th at Youngstown State in scoring with 1,247 points.

In league play, Perry was second in scoring at 17.6 points per game, first in steals at 2.4 per game, fourth in free-throw percentage at .849 and sixth in rebounding at 5.7 per game. He is just the second Youngstown State player to earn consecutive first-team honors. The last player to do so was Quin Humphrey in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Belin averaged 12.3 points per game against league opponents. He ranked third among league newcomers in scoring in league contests; third in 3-point field-goal percentage at .446; fifth in 3-pointers made with 37 and fifth in 3-pointers made per game with 2.3.

Belin is the first YSU player to be named to the league's All-Newcomer Team since Eargle in 2010-11.

The Penguins host seventh-seeded Loyola, Tuesday, March 5, in the 2013 Horizon League Championship first round. Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.

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