The Daily Eastern News

Panthers’ comeback stopped short, lose to Fort Wayne on road

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

December 4, 2019

Eastern’s men’s basketball team was down 13 points to Fort Wayne and clawed their way back to within one point. The Mastodon’s held on to their lead down the stretch and won 74-69 over the Panthers. Jarred Godfrey led the Mastodons in scoring with 20 points. Junior Marvin Johnson led the P...

Analysis: 3 things that standout for men’s basketball

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

December 2, 2019

The men’s basketball team began their season with a 4-3 record. The season has just started, but there are three points from looking at the statistics and data that Eastern has done well and if continued at their current pace can improve their winning record and chances of being a serious cont...

Analysis: Panthers’ scoring options are abundant

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

December 1, 2019

The Eastern men’s basketball team has not played for a week and a half, but the last games it did play helped show the offensive attack the Panthers will have for the season. Last season, Eastern only had three scorers in double figures, and if the game was on the line, there were only a coupl...

Analysis: Panthers flourish on offense and defense in home win

Analysis: Panthers flourish on offense and defense in home win

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

November 18, 2019

The Panther defense controlled the Indiana Northwest Redhawks in a 114-61 home win. The Panther defense helped the Panthers scored 100 points for the first time since 2016. Juniors Deang Deang and Marvin Johnson used their defensive presence to impact the game on both ends of the floor. Deang is em...

Panthers win big over Indiana Northwest

Panthers win big over Indiana Northwest

Tom O'Connor, Men's Basketball Reporter

November 18, 2019

Not since the 2000-01 season had the Panthers scored 90 or more points in back-to-back games, and it was just the second game over the past four years in which the Panthers posted at least 100 points for what was a 114-61 victory against Northwest Indiana Monday. With the win, Eastern seized the first of fo...

Men’s basketball shows good depth in win Tuesday

Men’s basketball shows good depth in win Tuesday

Tom O'Connor, Men's Basketball Reporter

November 13, 2019

No matter how you might unpack the 98-34 drubbing of Chicago State on Tuesday, the communication and cohesion, groomed by the Eastern bench, could be difficult to deny. Chicago State was a rather pleasant, uplifting deviation from what the Panthers have been up against to open the season, playing two t...

Panthers to host first home game Tuesday

Panthers to host first home game Tuesday

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

November 11, 2019

Perhaps a different path, a very different path, would have landed Xavier Johnson as a Panther on Eastern men’s basketball head coach Jay Spoonhour’s squad this year. But Johnson is, instead, the leading scorer for Chicago State after two games, and coincidentally, he will end up in Lantz Arena...

Eastern opens season at Texas Tech

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

November 4, 2019

If the men’s basketball team is looking for a challenge to start its season, it could not have gotten much of a better challenge than Texas Tech. The only higher competition, based off last season, would have been national champion Virginia, who defeated runner-up Texas Tech. Yes, the Panthers open ...

Panther defense prospers in exhibition win

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

October 30, 2019

The men’s basketball team’s defense flourished in the last five and a half minutes of the game by recording five blocks and holding the University of Missouri St. Louis without a point in the last five and a half minutes of the game to secure a 66-51 exhibition win. The Panthers combined for 12 bl...

Column: Newcomers can provide a spark for men’s basketball

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Assistant Sports Editor

October 30, 2019

The Eastern men’s basketball began the season with an exhibition matchup against Missouri-St. Louis, and although plenty of new faces graced the floor at Lantz Arena for the Panthers, they proved to be influential immediately. In fact, two of the four additions to the 2019-2020 roster for the Panthe...

Analysis: Skyhawks remain a thorn in Eastern’s side, even in preseason poll

Analysis: Skyhawks remain a thorn in Eastern’s side, even in preseason poll

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

October 23, 2019

Eastern finished sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference last season and prepared to face Tennessee-Martin, the seventh seed in the conference tournament, March 6 in the first round of the tournament. The Panthers had already beaten the Skyhawks twice before in the regular season, so there was a feeling ...

Column: Men’s basketball has areas to focus on

Column: Men’s basketball has areas to focus on

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

October 21, 2019

Eastern’s men’s basketball team finished sixth, tied with Morehead State, in the preseason OVC media poll that released last week. Honestly, I pegged Eastern to be at least in the top five in my own preseason thoughts for the upcoming basketball season, possibly the top four even, so the spot in t...

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