The Daily Eastern News

OVC race tightening up on men’s side

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Men's Basketball Reporter

February 6, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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 9, 2014


Filed under Showcase, Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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 2, 2014


Filed under Sports

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...

Eastern comes up short to UC Davis, 63-61

Eastern comes up short to UC Davis, 63-61

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2014


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The UC Davis men’s basketball team gave Eastern all it could handle defensively, with a lot of screens, but at the end of the night the Aggies emerged victorious beating the Panthers 63-61 Thursday night in Lantz Arena. Dylan Chatman helped stir a second-half comeback for Eastern, after taking a m...

Men’s basketball completes latest fall recruiting class

Anthony Catezone, Managing Editor

November 18, 2014


Filed under Sports

The Eastern men’s basketball team completed its fall recruiting class Tuesday with the addition of Marshawn Blackmon. Blackmon joins fellow guards A.J. Riley and Casey Teson, along with forward Lucas Jones, who all signed with the Panthers last week to open the fall signing period. A 6-foot-4 gua...

Spoonhour stresses defense after home opener

Spoonhour stresses defense after home opener

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

November 18, 2014


Filed under Sports

In sports, the phrase “numbers never lie,” often rings true. However, that hasn’t been the case for the Eastern men’s basketball team, as the Panthers were victorious in their 81-51 victory over NAIA foe Eureka College on Monday night. Even though numbers showed the Panthers played better...

Panthers lose season opener at Missouri State

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

November 16, 2014


Filed under Sports

The Eastern men’s basketball team shot 9-of-23 in the second half against Missouri State and had a scoring drought of more than eight minutes, as the Panthers lost their regular season opener 64-53 Friday night at the at JQH Arena, Springfield, Mo. Junior forward Chris Olivier led Eastern’s offense...

Panthers pull away from Saint Francis in exhibition game

Panthers pull away from Saint Francis in exhibition game

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

November 10, 2014


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Despite an 85-54 exhibition game victory over Saint Francis (Ill.), Eastern basketball coach Jay Spoonhour said that he wanted his team to get the ball to junior forward Chris Olivier more. “He’s our best threat in the paint,” Spoonhour said. “We started settling too much on jump shots in...

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