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

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

The Daily Eastern News

Patrick Schmitz

COLUMN: March Madness should not be changed

Patrick Schmitz, Sports Reporter March 27, 2024

With March Madness underway for the men's college basketball tournament, there have been talks about changing the tournament. However, the tournament is perfect as it is, and there should not be any...

Freshman forward Isaiah Griffin looks for a pass while being pressured by Monmouth College junior guard Jordan Hill during Easterns home opener on Wednesday evening at Lantz Arena. Griffin scored five points, had two rebounds and was 2-6 on field goals.

Isaiah Griffin plays first season after post-high school training

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor March 4, 2024

Fifteen men are on Eastern’s men’s basketball team, yet only one of them is a freshman… a 21-year-old freshman.  “Age-wise, I’m up there with everybody,” Panther guard Isaiah Griffin said....

Panther Profiles: Ep. 14: Corey Sawyer Jr.

Panther Profiles: Ep. 14: Corey Sawyer Jr.

Aidan Cusack and Patrick Schmitz February 13, 2024

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2akicgnILyC1jm0gNLwON5?si=Cq8_uxO1Sziq_AIMwCiudQ Junior guard Corey Sawyer Jr. of the men’s basketball team came on the podcast to talk to Adian and Patrick about...

Junior guard Corey Sawyer Jr. (1) dribbles past a University of Tennessee Martin defender. The Panthers lost to the Skyhawks 76-59 Thursday evening in Groniger Arena.

Q&A with Corey Sawyer Jr.

Zaria Flippin and Chloe Proffitt February 5, 2024

We sat down with Eastern’s junior guard Corey Sawyer Jr., who puts hot sauce in his ramen, and asked him questions ranging from basketball to food to his car.   Q: How has your season been going...

Junior guard/forward Kyndall Davis (10) and senior guard Tiger Booker (11) share a court together four years later after their time at Bogan High School.

Goodie boys reunite at EIU

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor January 29, 2024

Junior guard/forward Kyndall Davis and senior guard Tiger Booker have known each other for six years, going to Bogan High School together.  Although Booker is a year older than Davis, the two weren’t...

Senior guard Jordan Tiger Booker during the mens basketball game against Tennessee Tech Thursday night at Groniger Arena. The Panthers beat the Golden Eagles 68-59.

EIU obtains first home conference win

Chloe Proffitt, Sports Reporter January 26, 2024

Eastern men’s basketball clinched the victory against Tennessee Tech University in a fast paced game as the Panthers beat the Golden Eagles 68-59 Thursday evening in Groniger Arena. Starting with the...

Staff profile for Zaria.

COLUMN: Coaches should not be allowed to stand on the court

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor January 12, 2024

Over the holiday break, I watched a lot of college basketball, and I feel like the act of coaches physically being on the basketball court is something that is never talked about. This isn’t the first...

Redshirt sophomore forward Kooper Jacobi puts the ball up in the paint during the Panthers first mens basketball game of the season against the Fighting Illini in the State Farm Center Monday night. Jacobi led the Panthers by scoring 10 points and rebounding 11 shots.

Jacobi records double-double in loss against Fighting Illini

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor November 6, 2023

Although the Panthers lost to the University of Illinois Fighting Illini Monday evening, Eastern fans got to see how the newest Panthers can be significant contributors for the team this season. Redshirt...

Kinyon Hodges, a junior guard, scrambles after a loose ball during the mens basketball game against the University of Southern Indiana Eagles on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 31,  2022, at Lantz Arena. Hodges scored 10 points and had three assists. The Panthers won 91-80 against the Eagles.

4 EIU men’s basketball players enter the transfer portal

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor March 24, 2023

Four Eastern Illinois men’s basketball players have entered the transfer portal this week, bringing the total number of transfers to nine within the last two seasons. Last season, guards Henry Abraham,...

Macy McGlone (33), Lariah Washington (22), and their head coach Matt Bollant, answer questions for a post-game interview after their loss against Tennessee Tech at the Ohio Valley Conference championships Friday afternoon.

4th quarter struggle leads to OVC semifinal loss for EIU

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor March 3, 2023

EVANSVILLE, IND. – After a back-and-forth game with Tennessee Tech, EIU lost 66-61 in the semifinal game at the OVC Tournament in Evansville, Ind. The game started out with a 11-2 run by Tennessee...

Senior guard Lariah Washington (22), protects the ball from a Tennessee Tech defender while making a one handed pass to a teammate at the Ohio Valley Conference Friday afternoon. The Panthers lost to the Golden Eagles 61-66.

Washington, Litwiller play last basketball game as Panthers

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor March 3, 2023

EVANSVILLE, IND. -- Eastern women’s basketball seniors Lariah Washington and Morgan Litwillers’ fourth straight OVC Tournament appearance ended in a 66-61 loss, sealing the end to their careers as...

Eastern Illinois University womens basketball Coach Matt Bollant instructs players during a timeout in the in Saturday afternoon game against Southeast Missouri State University at Lantz Arena.

Women’s basketball is ‘fresh and rested’ for OVC Tournament

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor March 2, 2023

With almost a week of preparation and rest, the women’s basketball team will hit the court at Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., and face the winner of the Thursday quarterfinal between SIUE and Tennessee...

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