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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Announcers Bryce Weiler (right) and Mike Bradd call the Eastern mens basketball teams game against SIUE Thursday night on Hit-Mix 88.9. Weiler, who is blind, had been friends with Eastern head coach Marty Simmons since Simmons coached at Evansville when Weiler was a student there.

Announcer Bryce Weiler calls Eastern men’s game Thursday, reunites with Simmons

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor January 14, 2022

Thursday night’s matchup between the Panthers and the SIUE Cougars was seemingly just like any other game to those who filled the stands in Lantz Arena. Little did they know that some of the most important...

Eastern forward Paul Bizimana looks to pass the ball in the Panthers game against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Jan. 13 in Lantz Arena. Bizimana tied for the team high with nine points in the game, which Eastern lost 66-53.

Panthers return to action with 13-point loss to Cougars

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter January 13, 2022

Eastern’s men’s basketball team dropped to 0-2 in OVC play on Thursday night, losing 66-53 to SIUE at home in their first game in over two weeks due to multiple players entering COVID protocols. The...

Eastern guard Henry Abraham drives along the baseline in Easterns game against Rockford on Nov. 18 in Lantz Arena. Abraham had 15 points and five assists in the game, which Eastern won 96-64.

Panthers to return to action Thursday with home game against Cougars

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor January 12, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team will return to action Thursday evening for the first time in two weeks due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols to take on the 6-8 SIUE Cougars. The Cougars have...

Eastern guard Kejuan Clements handles the ball in transition in the Panthers game against North Park on Dec. 4, 2021 in Lantz Arena. Clements had 25 points and 11 assists in the game, which Eastern won 76-71.

Panthers go 0-4 over break, have 3 games canceled

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter January 11, 2022

The most recent victory for the 2-12 Eastern men’s basketball team was Dec. 4, 2021, a close win over Division III North Park University. Since then, they have gone 0-5 with each game ending...

Freshman forward Taris Thornton prepares to throw the ball in bounds at the Nov. 19, 2021 women’s basketball game at Lantz Arena against Lindenwood University. Thorton played 15:12 and scored 10 points. The Panthers won 86-30.

Women’s basketball team starts OVC play 1-1

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor January 11, 2022

The Eastern women’s basketball team started conference play over Winter Break, starting off with an OVC record of 1-1. The Panthers would have had two more conference games under their belt...

Eastern guard Kejuan Clements handles the ball in transition in the Panthers game against North Park on Dec. 4, 2021 in Lantz Arena. Clements had 25 points and 11 assists in the game, which Eastern won 76-71.

Panthers to stay busy over winter break

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor December 9, 2021

The Eastern men’s basketball team will play a total of seven games over Winter Break and will begin conference play starting December 29 in Morehead Kentucky to take on Morehead State.  The Panthers...

Eastern guard Kira Arthofer drives around a defender in Easterns game against Evansville on Nov. 20 in Lantz Arena. Arthofer had 16 points in the game, which Eastern won 85-74 in double overtime.

Women’s basketball team has 6 games over break

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor December 9, 2021

For many at Eastern, winter break brings relaxation time. For the Eastern women's basketball team, it brings six games and the start of conference season.  The Panthers, who are 5-5 so far in nonconference...

Eastern guard CJ Lane looks to pass in Easterns game against North Park on Dec. 4 in Lantz Arena. The Panthers won the game 76-71.

Updating OVC men’s basketball results, standings

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor December 8, 2021

The Eastern men’s basketball team is now 2-8 on the season and are currently sitting at ninth place in the OVC after coming off a 72-44 loss to Missouri. Let’s see how the rest of the conference compares....

Eastern guard Jordyn Hughes handles the ball in transition in the Panthers game against Evansville on Nov. 20 in Lantz Arena. Hughes scored 10 points and had seven rebounds in the game, which Eastern won 85-74 in double overtime.

Panther offense struggles in loss to Loyola

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor December 8, 2021

The Eastern women's basketball team lost on the road to Loyola-Chicago Wednesday night, falling to the Ramblers 58-48.  With the loss, the Panthers fell to 5-5 on the season with two more games before...

Eastern head coach Marty Simmons addresses his team during a timeout in the Panthers game against North Park on Dec. 4 in Lantz Arena. The Panthers won the game 76-71.

Panthers lose to Missouri 72-44 on road

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor December 7, 2021

The Eastern men’s basketball team picked up their eighth loss of the season on the road Tuesday night as Missouri beat the Panthers 72-44 at Norm Stewart Court.   The Panthers are now 2-8 on the...

Eastern players (from left) Julia Bengston, Parker Stafford and Miah Monahan celebrate from the bench during the Panthers 85-74 win against Evansville on Nov. 20 in Lantz Arena.

Women’s basketball team travels to play Loyola

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor December 7, 2021

The Eastern women's basketball team will be on the road for the sixth-straight game Wednesday when they travel to play Loyola-Chicago.  The Panthers are 5-4 on the season and are coming off an 87-81...

Eastern guard Kejuan Clements reaches to contest a shot in the Panthers game against North Park on Dec. 4 in Lantz Arena. Clements had 25 points and 11 assists in the game, which Eastern won 76-71.

Panthers set for tough test against Tigers

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor December 6, 2021

The Eastern men’s basketball team will be on the road this Tuesday at 7 p.m. to take on SEC opponent Missouri for the fifth time in school history.   The Tigers hold a 3-1 all-time series lead, but...

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