The Daily Eastern News

Diarra adds size, future prospect to Eastern’s roster

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Reporter

May 14, 2020

Jay Spoonhour wanted to add size to his roster, and after the addition of Sammy Friday to the roster, the Eastern head basketball coach added transfer Madani Diarra to his team. Diarra is now the tallest player on Eastern’s roster, measuring at 6-feet-10-inches. The addition of Diarra not only...

Friday brings size to men’s basketball team

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 30, 2020

It did not take long for Eastern men’s basketball head coach Jay Spoonhour to add the size he was looking for in Sammy Friday IV. Eastern announced Wednesday that Friday is joining the Panthers’ roster for next season, and he is filling a role that Spoonhour said he wanted to address with rec...

Long-time connection brings Leonard to Eastern basketball

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

Jay Spoonhour and his staff did the majority of the work for the men’s basketball team’s recruiting, but it was somebody from Spoonhour’s father’s staff who helped with one of the recruits. Before Ryan Leonard, an incoming transfer from Santa Fe College, signed with Eastern, Spoonhour had a l...

Column: How men’s basketball won the offseason so far

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

The overall success of the offseason recruitment for Jay Spoonhour and the Eastern men’s basketball team cannot be completely graded until the team adds its final player(s), but so far, Eastern has won the offseason and can continue to do so. Here are the three reasons why Spoonhour and his staff have won ...

Meet the five incoming players for Eastern men’s basketball

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

Eastern men’s basketball coach Jay Spoonhour has announced the signing of five players for next season, which includes two transfers coming in as juniors and three freshmen. The Daily Eastern News sports editor, Dillan Schorfheide, talked with each of the incoming players to get a feeling of how the recrui...

Spoonhour announces Ryan Leonard will join Panthers next season

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

Eastern men’s basketball coach Jay Spoonhour made his first official announcement regarding incoming players, with the first player announced being junior college transfer Ryan Leonard. Leonard is transferring from Santa Fe college, where he averaged 12.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, per the press...

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...

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