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Eastern faces tough SEMO team Thursday on road

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Jordyn Hughes (middle) tries to get around a defender to lead a fast break during Eastern’s 73-72 win over Austin Peay Feb. 22 in Lantz Arena. Eastern faces Southeast Missouri on the road Thursday.

JJ Bullock, Editor-In-Chief

February 26, 2020

The ticket to the OVC tournament has been punched for the Eastern women’s basketball team. The question remaining now for the team, however, is where will they be sitting, or seeded rather, when the tournament rolls around.  The Panthers (11-5 OVC) are in control of their own seeding destiny with two...

Men’s basketball team can clinch tournament spot with win Thursday, travel to face SEMO

George Dixon (left), Logan Koch (middle) and Shareef Smith (right) surround an Austin Peay ball handler and reach in for a steal during Eastern’s 83-80 victory over Austin Peay Feb. 22 in Lantz Arena. Eastern can secure an OVC tournament spot with a win Thursday against Southeast Missouri.

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

February 26, 2020

The Eastern’s men’s basketball team’s journey to the OVC tournament has completely flipped from a week ago. After two underdog wins, the Panthers can clinch an OVC tournament spot as early as Thursday night if they defeat the Southeast Missouri Redhawks. Eastern is in sixth place in the OVC ...

Analysis: Assessing Panthers’ OVC tournament chances

Adam Tumino, Women’s Basketball Reporter

February 25, 2020

Having clinched its first OVC tournament appearance since the 2014-2015 season, the Eastern women’s basketball team may be in a position to make a run in the tournament. There are two games left in the regular season, but it is never too soon to look ahead. Despite the lack of recent success, th...

Winners and losers in OVC men’s basketball

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

February 25, 2020

Eastern simultaneously propelled itself into a good spot to make the OVC tournament, while also muddying the waters of the OVC standings with its wins over Murray State and Austin Peay last week. There is still a clear line between the top three teams (kind of four with Eastern Kentucky) and even...

Panthers grab back-to-back upset wins

Members of the Eastern men's basketball team (from left) Shawn Wilson, Josiah Wallace, Kashwan Charles and JaQualis Matlock celebrate an 83-80 overtime win against Austin Peay Feb. 22 in Lantz Arena.

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

February 24, 2020

The Eastern men’s basketball team had its fair share of close games prior to last week that were within single digits. In the result of those outcomes, the Panthers were not expected to defeat two first-place teams in the course of a week and were expected to rely on their last two games in OVC play....

Eastern controls own destiny in final games

Eastern guard Karle Pace advances the ball against Austin Peay Feb. 22 in Lantz Arena. Pace had 19 points in a 73-72 win for the Panthers.

JJ Bullock, Editor-In-Chief

February 24, 2020

The last four finishes for the Eastern’s women’s basketball team in the OVC standings have gone like this: Last place, last place, last place, 10th place. This season, however, it is looking very likely that the Panthers (11-5 OVC) could finish in fourth place after winning both its games this week...

Analysis: Eastern made important plays in win

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

February 23, 2020

It looked like a heavyweight boxing match between top contenders, with one team landing a blow as the other returned the favor just seconds after. Eastern head coach Matt Bollant certainly thought so, likening the women’s basketball team’s 73-72 victory over Austin Peay Feb. 22 to a bout in...

Panthers show OVC tournament potential

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Assistant Sports Editor

February 23, 2020

The Eastern men’s basketball team squared off with Austin Peay on Saturday at Lantz Arena, and the Governors came with two of the top scorers in the conference, junior Terry Taylor and freshman Jordyn Adams. The duo brought a combined eight OVC Player of the Week and eight OVC Freshman of the...

Litwiller makes free throws late to give women’s basketball team win over Austin Peay

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Assistant Sports Editor

February 23, 2020

With 1.6 seconds left on the clock, freshman Morgan Litwiller hit two free throws after being fouled on a second-chance opportunity to put Eastern (17-10, 11-5 OVC) ahead by one and collect a 73-72 win over Austin Peay (16-11, 7-9 OVC) at Lantz Arena Saturday on senior day. Litwiller went to the l...

Men’s basketball team completes sweep of top OVC teams, defeats Austin Peay 83-80

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

February 22, 2020

Eastern’s men’s basketball team flipped the script on the momentum of their OVC tournament chances for the second straight game.  Eastern defeated first-place Austin Peay in an 83-80 overtime win Saturday, which was also senior day. “Murray and Austin Peay are like hometown games to me,” se...

Eastern beats Murray State by 20

Eastern guard Kira Arthofer dribbles around a Murray State defender in the Panthers' 66-46 win Feb. 20 in Lantz Arena. Arthofer had a season-high eight assists in the game.Adam Tumino | The Daily Eastern News
Eastern guard Kira Arthofer dribbles around a Murray State defender in the Panthers' 66-46 win Feb. 20 in Lantz Arena. Arthofer had a season-high eight assists in the game.

JJ Bullock, Editor-In-Chief

February 21, 2020

Eastern’s women’s basketball team wanted redemption, but more specifically, the team wanted to not give up 92 points again to Murray State. Eastern accomplished both of these things, beating Murray State 66-46 in Lantz Arena Thursday night. Eastern (10-5 OVC) got not just the redemption it was seeking...

Steele returning to full strength for Panthers

Eastern guard Taylor Steele advances the ball in transition against Murray State Feb. 20 in Lantz Arena. Steele had a season-high 17 points in the game, a 66-46 win for the Panthers.

Adam Tumino, Women's Basketball Reporter

February 21, 2020

In just her third game back after a 10-game absence, junior guard Taylor Steele led the Eastern women’s basketball team in scoring in a 66-46 win over Murray State, guaranteeing the Panthers a spot in the OVC tournament for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Steele scored 17 points, shot 5-of-8 from th...

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