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Diarra adds size, future prospect to Eastern’s roster

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Reporter

May 14, 2020

Jay Spoonhour wanted to add size to his roster, and after the addition of Sammy Friday to the roster, the Eastern head basketball coach added transfer Madani Diarra to his team. Diarra is now the tallest player on Eastern’s roster, measuring at 6-feet-10-inches. The addition of Diarra not only...

Friday brings size to men’s basketball team

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 30, 2020

It did not take long for Eastern men’s basketball head coach Jay Spoonhour to add the size he was looking for in Sammy Friday IV. Eastern announced Wednesday that Friday is joining the Panthers’ roster for next season, and he is filling a role that Spoonhour said he wanted to address with rec...

Long-time connection brings Leonard to Eastern basketball

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

Jay Spoonhour and his staff did the majority of the work for the men’s basketball team’s recruiting, but it was somebody from Spoonhour’s father’s staff who helped with one of the recruits. Before Ryan Leonard, an incoming transfer from Santa Fe College, signed with Eastern, Spoonhour had a l...

Column: How men’s basketball won the offseason so far

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

The overall success of the offseason recruitment for Jay Spoonhour and the Eastern men’s basketball team cannot be completely graded until the team adds its final player(s), but so far, Eastern has won the offseason and can continue to do so. Here are the three reasons why Spoonhour and his staff have won ...

Meet the five incoming players for Eastern men’s basketball

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

Eastern men’s basketball coach Jay Spoonhour has announced the signing of five players for next season, which includes two transfers coming in as juniors and three freshmen. The Daily Eastern News sports editor, Dillan Schorfheide, talked with each of the incoming players to get a feeling of how the recrui...

Spoonhour announces Ryan Leonard will join Panthers next season

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

Eastern men’s basketball coach Jay Spoonhour made his first official announcement regarding incoming players, with the first player announced being junior college transfer Ryan Leonard. Leonard is transferring from Santa Fe college, where he averaged 12.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, per the press...

Panthers’ 2019-20 season viewed as success

JJ Bullock, Editor-In-Chief

March 9, 2020

Two years ago the Eastern women’s basketball team wrapped up a 3-26 season in February with a win over Southern Illinois Edwardsville in Lantz Arena. That season as a whole was a disappointment in almost every way it could be diced up. But even then the Panthers, who at the time were a young team...

Eastern can look ahead to next season

Eastern’s George Dixon drives around an Austin Peay defender in the quarterfinals of the OVC Tournament in Evansville, Indiana. Dixon had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the game, which the Panthers lost 76-65.

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

March 9, 2020

The men’s basketball team once again looks forward to next year for a chance at winning the OVC Tournament, but not without promise. Despite going 9-9 in conference play and playing poorly in the first half of their quarterfinal loss to Austin Peay in the tournament last week, the Panthers can look t...

Analysis: Despite tournament exit, Panthers played well

Blake Faith, Basketball Reporter

March 8, 2020

Eastern’s women’s basketball team played the exact same way in their two OVC Tournament games. Despite the Panthers going 1-1 in their games and being knocked out in the semifinals, the Panthers found ways to be successful in their help defense and the ability of having multiple players making big pla...

Skyhawks end Panthers’ season in the semifinal of OVC Tournament

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Lariah Washington rises above her defender to get off a shot attempt. Eastern lost 63-52 to Tennessee-Martin in the semifinals of the OVC Tournament Friday.

Blake Faith, Basketball Reporter

March 6, 2020

Eastern’s women’s basketball team fought until the very end, but Tennessee-Martin’s scoring duo of Madie Waldrop and Chelsey Perry was too much for the Panthers, as Eastern lost 63-52 in the semifinals of the OVC Tournament Friday. Waldrop led the game in scoring with 20 points while Perry added...

Analysis: Men’s basketball struggled against resurging Austin Peay

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

March 6, 2020

EVANSVILLE,IND- Easterns men’s basketball team dug themselves into a deep 19-2 hole to begin the first half against Austin Peay and failed to recover until late in the second half. That and the Governors keying in on juniors Mack Smith and Josiah Wallace helped them win 76-65 in a game that the...

Eastern loses 76-65 to Austin Peay in the quarterfinals, season ends

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

March 6, 2020

It seemed like, from the tip, that Austin Peay had a clear vendetta against the Eastern men’s basketball team. It seemed like the Governors took out all their anger of losing 83-80 to Eastern in Lantz Arena Feb. 22 Thursday night. “That’s what I was just saying with some other people, I felt like it was a rev...

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