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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...

Eastern stuns Murray State 63-60

Eastern guard Josiah Wallace drives the basket in Eastern's 63-60 comeback win over Murray State Thursday night. Wallace made a game-winning three-pointer with .4 seconds to play.

JJ Bullock, Editor-in-Chief

February 20, 2020

The play was executed exactly as it was called “late game.” The purpose of the play was to get ball into Eastern guard Josiah Wallace’s hands and win the game; which is exactly what it did Thursday night in Eastern’s stunning 63-60 comeback win over Murray State in Lantz Arena.   Easte...

Women’s basketball team hosts Murray State Thursday in revenge game

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Lariah Washington charges toward the basket during a fast break in Eastern’s 67-62 victory over Morehead State Feb. 8 in Lantz Arena. Eastern faces Murray State Thursday in Lantz Arena at 5:15 p.m.

JJ Bullock, Editor-In-Chief

February 19, 2020

One win for the Eastern women’s basketball team (9-5 OVC) this week and the Panthers will guarantee themselves a conference tournament bid for the first time since the 2014-2014 season. Two wins for the Panthers this week and Eastern will secure its first 10-plus OVC win season since 2012-2013. ...

Men’s basketball team hosts Murray State, Austin Peay in crucial games

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Mack Smith rises for a three-point shot attempt during Eastern’s 76-74 loss to Southern Illinois Edwardsville Feb. 13 in Lantz Arena. Eastern faces Murray State Thursday after the women’s game.

Vince Lovergine, Men's Basketball Reporter

February 19, 2020

If there was any time for the Eastern Illinois men’s basketball team to pick up some wins, it is right now. But it will not be easy as the Panthers welcome the two top teams in the Ohio Valley Conference, with Murray State greeting the Panthers first Thursday and then Austin Peay Saturday. Eastern is i...

Notebook: Men’s basketball to face top 2 teams in OVC this week

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

February 18, 2020

The OVC standings have yet to change in first and second place as they still belong to Murray State and Austin Peay. Both are the Eastern’s men’s basketball team’s opponents this week at Lantz Arena. In the OVC Preseason Poll Belmont was predicted to finish first in the conference and Murr...

Notebook: 3 teams tied at top of OVC standings

JJ Bullock, Editor-in-Chief

February 18, 2020

It is the middle of February which means we are finally getting a clear picture of the OVC basketball standings, as teams are settling into their respective positions in the conference standing and preparing for the conference tournament.  Right? Wrong.  The OVC women’s basketball standings are anythi...

Column: Eastern still has a chance

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

February 18, 2020

The only way for the Eastern men’s basketball team to go from here is up. Right? To go up will be an arduous journey, but it is one the Panthers can do. Eastern is still tied with Jacksonville State for seventh in the conference, which means they fill the last two spots that can get in the ...

Column: Panthers beating up on lower-ranked teams

Adam Tumino, Women’s Basketball Reporter

February 18, 2020

With just four games remaining in what has been a resurgent season, the fifth-place Eastern women’s basketball team may still be a step behind the four top teams in the OVC. Against those four teams, the Panthers are just 1-4 on the season, allowing 75.8 points per game and only scoring 62 points ...

Panthers lose by 24 on road against Skyhawks

Adam Tumino, Women's Basketball Reporter

February 16, 2020

The Eastern women’s basketball team tied its largest loss of the season Saturday against Tennessee-Martin. The Panthers lost 88-64 to the Skyhawks on the road, snapping a four-game winning streak. Eastern is now 9-5 in conference play and in fifth place. Tennessee-Martin, which lost to the Panthers o...

Analysis: 3 things for men’s basketball to execute

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

February 16, 2020

Eastern’s men’s basketball team is coming off a seven-game stretch where the games have been decided by single figures. The Panthers are 2-5 in those games with their wins coming at home against Southeast Missouri and Morehead State. That stretch, if you’ve followed, shows that the team is bett...

Eastern suffers tough loss to SIUE Thursday

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Mack Smith attempts a layup during Eastern's 76-74 loss to SIUE Thursday in Lantz Arena.

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

February 15, 2020

Junior Mack Smith came out firing, knocking down a three-pointer in the opening minutes to secure second-place in NCAA Division I history with 74 consecutive games with a three-pointer made.  Southern Illinois Edwardsville took advantage of their opportunities and held on to win a back-and-forth g...

Pace surpasses 1,000-point milestone Thursday

Adam Tumino, Women's Basketball Reporter

February 15, 2020

A third-quarter layup is usually not a big deal, but one by Eastern’s Karle Pace Thursday evening against Southern Illinois Edwardsville certainly was.  It gave Pace 1,000 points in her collegiate career, making her just the 25th player in the program’s history to reach that mark.  Pace s...

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