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Analysis: Perimeter defense is key for men’s basketball

Analysis: Perimeter defense is key for men’s basketball

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

October 7, 2019

While the offense could certainly be up-and-down at times last season, the Eastern men’s basketball team could usually rely on a basket to help its case. What the Panthers could not rely on, though, was their defense. Until the second half of the season, Eastern struggled to keep opposing teams...

Men’s basketball schedule released for upcoming season

Men’s basketball schedule released for upcoming season

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

September 25, 2019

The Eastern men’s basketball team’s schedule was released Wednesday afternoon, and the Panthers will start conference play Jan. 2 on the road. As previously reported in the Daily Eastern News, the Panthers open their regular-season schedule at national runner-up Texas Tech Nov. 5, with another r...

Eastern men’s basketball team to face Texas Tech, Wisconsin this upcoming season

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

August 18, 2019

The Eastern men’s basketball team will open its season on the road against the runner-up from the NCAA men’s basketball championship, Texas Tech, Tuesday Nov. 5, according to the Texas Tech website. While the Red Raiders lost some of their firepower from last season’s tournament run, namely...

Jacksonville State downs men’s basketball team 89-84 in double overtime

Jacksonville State downs men’s basketball team 89-84 in double overtime

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

March 1, 2019

The Eastern men’s basketball team looked to have command en route to a needed win over Jacksonville State Thursday, but lost in double overtime 89-84. Eastern (14-16, 7-10) only made three field goals in the rest of the game after Mack Smith, who led Eastern with his season-high 24 points, made a...

Belmont blows out men’s basketball by 41 points

Belmont blows out men’s basketball by 41 points

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

February 22, 2019

Belmont dominated the Eastern men’s basketball team throughout the teams’ matchup Thursday night, handing Eastern a devastating 99-58 loss. The win was a special one for Belmont head coach Rick Byrd, as it was his 800th career win in his 33rd year coaching at Belmont. He is the fifth active coach t...

OVC race tightening up on men’s side

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Men's Basketball Reporter

February 6, 2019

The race for the OVC trophy got even closer last week as four teams share the number one spot while Eastern sits just behind the top of the pack. The Panthers (13-10, 6-4 OVC) won a thriller in Lantz Arena last Thursday to Eastern Kentucky in a 67-66 finish to kick off the week. Eastern held one of th...

Men’s basketball to visit Murray State Thursday in rematch

Men’s basketball to visit Murray State Thursday in rematch

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

February 6, 2019

The last time the Eastern men’s basketball team faced Murray State, it was on Eastern’s home court. Murray State star and top-five draft prospect Ja Morant had one vicious dunk and a reverse layup that seemed to hang in the air forever but fell straight through the net: swish. The dunk made the...

Late turnover sinks men’s basketball in loss to Morehead State

Late turnover sinks men’s basketball in loss to Morehead State

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

February 3, 2019

Eastern’s men’s basketball team tried every possible way to come back and tie or beat Morehead State Saturday, but the Eagles (9-14, 5-5) made too many free throws down the stretch and secured an 84-78 win over Eastern (13-10, 6-4). With 1:59 left in the game, Shareef Smith got a steal and was fouled on his s...

New NCAA changes not beneficial to defensive Panthers

Jehad Abbed, News Editor

June 15, 2015

The NCAA adopted new changes to men’s basketball June 8 heavily favoring a faster pace and a higher volume of offense. Division-1 men’s basketball scoring dropped to 67.6 points per game in the 2014-2015 season, which is one of the lowest scoring years in recent history. Eastern’s men held...

Aggies’ shooting stumps Panthers

Aggies’ shooting stumps Panthers

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

December 10, 2014

California-Davis defeated the Eastern men’s basketball team, 80-70, Tuesday night for the second time this season. The Aggies’ Corey Hawkins, the son of NBA great Percy Hawkins, led UC-Davis, which finished the game shooting nearly 60 percent from the field. Hawkins ended the game with 19 points. The...

Panthers seek revenge in California

Panthers seek revenge in California

Jehad Abbed, Staff Reporter

December 8, 2014

The Eastern men’s basketball team looks to exact revenge Tuesday on the University of California-Davis’ home court in their second match up with the Aggies this season. Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week and Eastern guard Cornell Johnston will lead the (3-5) Panthers against (6-1) UC-Davis....

High-scoring Cardinals fly into Lantz Arena

High-scoring Cardinals fly into Lantz Arena

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

December 3, 2014

Following a 1-3 record at the Emerald Coast Classic during Thanksgiving break, the Eastern basketball team returns home to host Ball State University at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lantz Arena. The Cardinals (2-2) enter the game with nine days of rest, playing last on Nov. 24, when they beat Grambling State 88...

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