The Daily Eastern News

Analysis: Men’s basketball struggled against resurging Austin Peay

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

March 6, 2020

EVANSVILLE,IND- Easterns men’s basketball team dug themselves into a deep 19-2 hole to begin the first half against Austin Peay and failed to recover until late in the second half. That and the Governors keying in on juniors Mack Smith and Josiah Wallace helped them win 76-65 in a game that the...

Eastern loses 76-65 to Austin Peay in the quarterfinals, season ends

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

March 6, 2020

It seemed like, from the tip, that Austin Peay had a clear vendetta against the Eastern men’s basketball team. It seemed like the Governors took out all their anger of losing 83-80 to Eastern in Lantz Arena Feb. 22 Thursday night. “That’s what I was just saying with some other people, I felt like it was a rev...

Eastern, Austin Peay clash in quarterfinals Thursday night

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

March 5, 2020

If recent history is any indication, Eastern’s men’s basketball team and Austin Peay should put on a great show Thursday evening in the quarterfinals of the OVC Tournament. Eastern lost by four points on the road to the Governors, but the Panthers beat Austin Peay a couple weeks later in Lantz Arena ...

Column: Eastern should use its big men more in Thursday’s game

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

March 5, 2020

EVANSVILLE, IND- In somewhat surprising fashion, Eastern’s big men were almost a no-factor, offensively, in the first half, and even into the second half in Eastern’s 67-61 win Wednesday. Jacksonville State is a big, strong and long defensive team, emphasis on defensive team because the Gamecocks...

Panthers defeat Jacksonville State in 1st round of OVC Tournament.

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

March 5, 2020

EVANSVILLE, IND- Eastern's men’s basketball team started slow offensively, but secured a lead late in the first half and finished strong in the second half to defeat Jacksonville State 67-61. The Panthers were led by their leading scorers, juniors Josiah Wallace and Mack Smith, who combined for...

Analysis: Panthers, Eagles should win Wednesday

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

March 3, 2020

Despite the trials and tribulations and problems the Eastern men’s basketball team encountered this season, the Panthers find themselves as the sixth seed of the OVC Tournament this week. It is the same seed Eastern had last season, but things should turn out differently this year. Eastern meets...

Panthers finish regular season strong

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

March 1, 2020

Timing and momentum can change any season in sports, and the Eastern men’s basketball team is evidence of that. In the span of two weeks Eastern finished the season on a four-game winning streak after getting two come-from-behind wins against Murray State and Austin Peay. The Panthers then funne...

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

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

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 ...

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 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...

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...

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

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

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...

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