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Column: Jacksonville State will win the OVC tournament

Jacksonville State’s Jason Burnell (14) works on Eastern’s JaQualis Matlock in the Gamecock’s 89-84 win over Eastern on Feb. 28 in Lantz Arena. Jacksonville State finished OVC play with a 15-3 record.

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor

March 5, 2019

Discussions about which team will represent the Ohio Valley Conference in the NCAA tournament later this month have gotten a bit too one-sided. It seems to be the consensus around the media that either Murray State (25-4, 16-2) or Belmont (25-4, 16-2) will win the conference tournament and play in the NCA...

Column: Eastern is 2-5 in its last 7 games, what happened?

Cam Burrell (10) and Josiah Wallace (22) walk up court in the Panthers 84-78 loss to Morehead State on Feb. 2 in Lantz Arena. The Panthers have lost five of their last seven games.

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports

February 19, 2019

The Eastern men’s basketball team has two ironies working against it right now. Firstly, the offense is producing arguably the best it has all season in recent games, but the problem now lies within the defense’s ability to stop opposing offenses. Secondly, the Panthers have gone 2-5 in their l...

Column: Breaking tough defenses a must for Eastern

Rade Kukobat and Aboubacar Diallo try to block Ja Morant’s shot attempt during Eastern’s 83-61 loss to Murray State in Lantz Arena Jan. 17.

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

January 28, 2019

Shooting well from the outside has been the men’s basketball team’s bread and butter this season. Three of Eastern’s players are on OVC leaderboards for two different three-point shooting categories, Ben Harvey, Kashawn Charles and Mack Smith, and Smith has Eastern’s record by making a three-point...

Notebook: Murray State, Belmont clash in important OVC week

Eastern junior Josiah Wallace backs down an Austin Peay defender in the Panthers 85-83 win over the Governors Saturday in Lantz Arena. Eastern is now 4-2 in the OVC after the win.

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

January 22, 2019

The Eastern men’s basketball team earned an important victory over Austin Peay Saturday, showing that not only can the Panthers play with the tougher OVC teams, but that they are deserving of sitting in the top half of the conference. The OVC is split so far in two perfectly even halves. Six...

Column: Three takeaways from Eastern’s win over Austin Peay

Eastern point guard Shareef Smith tries to keep a ball in Eastern’s posession during the Panthers’ 85-83 win over Austin Peay on Saturday in Lantz Arena. Smith made a game-winning shot with four seconds remaing to give Eastern the win.

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

January 21, 2019

The Eastern men’s basketball team is now 4-2 in conference play and 11-8 overall, after losing to Murray State Thursday and defeating Austin Peay Saturday. Hosting those two teams back-to-back on one day’s rest was going to be one of the toughest challenges the team will face this season.  ...

Column: Threes are fine, but inside scoring is necessary for victory

Cam Burrell looks to pass the ball to an open teammate during Eastern’s 79-44 victory over Eureka College in an exhibition match in Lantz Arena Nov. 2.

January 15, 2019

The most telling statistic for the Eastern men’s basketball team is its three-point shooting. Points from beyond the mark have been the Panthers’ best friend at times, and its worst friend at times. Whichever case it is, the three-point shot will be the narrator in the team’s story of this...

Column: Eastern women’s basketball team far from out of race after bad week

Jordyn Hughes eyes up a defender as she dribbles the ball during Eastern’s 102-43 victory over Oakland City in Lantz Arena Nov. 6.

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor

January 14, 2019

Last week Wednesday I wrote a column illustrating how the Eastern women’s basketball team was no longer a rebuilding program and had finally arrived to be big players in the conference tournament. It has been six days, and that article, admittedly, already has not aged well.  The Panthers were 7-6 (1-1 in OVC) and winners...

Column: Women’s basketball team no longer rebuilding program, they’re here for real

Members of the Eastern women’s basketball team celebrate during the team’s 102-43 win over Oakland City on Nov. 3. The Panthers are 7-6 this season, they were 3-26 last year.

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor

January 9, 2019

Not very many coaches in the Ohio Valley Conference had the Eastern women’s basketball team pegged as a conference tournament team prior to the season, slotting them in 11th place of 12 teams in the preseason poll, leaving them on the outside looking in at the conference tournament.  Except, of course, for Eastern’s head coach Matt...

Column: Fontbonne exposed to exhilaration of D-I hoops

Eastern forward Lucas Jones puts up a shot in the Panthers 90-37 win over Fontbonne on Tuesday night in Lantz Arena. The 90 points was the most Eastern has scored in a game this season.

Tom O'Connor, Columnist

December 5, 2018

If there was one game that Fontbonne circled, underlined and highlighted on its schedule, it had to have been the one they played at Lantz Arena this past Tuesday. The matchup was more or less a litmus test for the 3-3 Griffins, one of 10 teams in the Division III St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic C...

Column: Zone defense could be helpful for Panthers

Eastern sophomore Kashawn Charles puts up a shot in Eastern’s 90-37 win over Fontbonne University Tuesday night at Lantz Arena. Charles had 21 points in the win that made the Panthers 4-5 this season.

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

December 5, 2018

Eastern’s men’s basketball team has almost exclusively run man-to-man defense so far this season, and head coach Jay Spoonhour, along with some players, have identified two key problems defensively. Ever since Eastern’s scrimmage against the University of Missouri-St. Louis, before the preseason game ...

Column: Close road losses good sign for Panthers’ future

Eastern redshirt-freshman Camino Tellez plays defense on a Oakland City ball handler in the Panthers 102-43 win on Nov.6 at Lantz Arena. The Panthers are 3-3 after losing back-to-back road games last week.

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor

December 3, 2018

As the Eastern women’s basketball team’s comeback bid against Valparaiso fell short on Sunday night, the team’s road losing streak became longer. After dropping back-to-back road games to Valparaiso (62-60) and Bradley (67-64), the Panthers are now the owners of 17 straight road losses. But head co...

Column: Dameron’s removal puts period on ugly season

Eastern cornerback DySaun Smith (12) consoles his teammate Mark Williams (21) following a 48-41 loss to Murray State on Oct. 6. The loss was one of the lowpoints in Eastern’s 3-8 season.

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor

November 26, 2018

With the nonrenewal of former Eastern head football coach Kim Dameron’s contract, the Eastern football team’s season was punctuated with a move that only felt fitting giving the bleakness of the team’s season as a whole.  It began with a four-game losing streak, one that saw the Panthers s...

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