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The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

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Redshirt junior linebacker, Jesse Garza, getting interviewed. Football is back for the 2024 spring season.

Panther linebacker walks with God

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor April 3, 2024

Redshirt junior linebacker Jesse Garza grew up asking questions about his religion, as his curiosity about God grew when he was in fourth grade. At first, Garza was reading a lot of Percy Jackson books,...

Redshirt freshman running back MJ Flowers tries to score a touchdown against Tennessee State Tigers during their game held at OBrien Field  saturday afternoon.

Why athletes play through injuries

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor March 15, 2024

Injuries are a part of the game for college athletes. Whether they play through them is something else. Redshirt sophomore running back MJ Flowers knew all about that when he had a low ankle sprain...

Mens basketball players are distressed over the game against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Wednesday night, March 8, 2024 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. The Panthers lost 68-57 against the SIUE Cougars.

Panthers’ exit in OVC Tournament explained

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor March 11, 2024

For the first time since the 2019-2020 season, Eastern men’s basketball team clinched a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in Evansville, Indiana. Eastern came into the tournament as the...

Redshirt sophomore forward Kooper Jacobi puts the ball up in the paint during the Panthers first mens basketball game of the season against the Fighting Illini in the State Farm Center Monday night. Jacobi led the Panthers by scoring 10 points and rebounding 11 shots.

Kooper Jacobi speaks on religion in Q&A

Zaria Flippin and Payton Liggins February 21, 2024

Redshirt sophomore forward Kooper Jacobi answered some questions ranging from his favorite bible scripture to if he thinks the Earth is round or flat.      Q: When did you start playing basketball?  A:...

Eastern’s junior guard Corey Sawyer Jr. shoots a contested layup over University of Tennessee-Martin’s junior forward David Kamwanga. The Panthers lost to the Skyhawks 76-59 Thursday evening in Groniger Arena.

EIU loses third straight conference game

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor February 3, 2024

Eastern men’s basketball continues to struggle with rebounding as the Panthers lost to the Little Rock Trojans 71-47 Saturday evening in Groniger Arena. The Panthers got out-rebounded by the Trojans...

Sophomore forward Kooper Jacobi scores a point against Morehead State Thursday evening in Groniger Arena.

Men’s basketball loses two straight conference games

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor January 14, 2024

Eastern men’s basketball lost two straight games this week. On Thursday evening in Groniger Arena, the Panthers lost to the Morehead State Eagles 78-52. Three Panthers scored double figures against...

Senior Guard Jordan Booker jumpshot against Morehead State Thursday 11, 2024 evening in Groniger Arena

Men’s basketball loses thriller OVC game

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor January 13, 2024

With a little under three minutes left in the game, junior guard/forward Kyndall Davis grabbed a defensive rebound and went down the court for the dunk, putting the Panthers only four points behind the...

The Panthers mens basketball team huddle together before the start of the mens game vs. the Fighting Illini Monday evening.

EIU falls short to Central Arkansas in close game

Patrick Schmitz, Sports Reporter December 10, 2023

Eastern’s men's basketball team lost a close game to the Central Arkansas Bears 73-70 Sunday afternoon in Groniger Arena. The Panthers had multiple chances to either win the game or send it to overtime. Eventually,...

Guard Jaylin Gibson (24) warms up before their IUPUI game Thursday night. The Panthers won 75-58 against the Jaguars.

Jacobi records double double in Panther win

Maurice Phipps, Sports Reporter December 7, 2023

Eastern’s men’s basketball improved their record to 5-5 on the season and remain undefeated on their home court in a 75-58 victory against the IUPUI Jaguars on Thursday night at Groniger Arena. The...

Kooper Jacobi (40) led the Panthers with 14 points and went 6-9 in field goals helping to secure the Panthers triple-digit win over University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy Saturday afternoon at Groniger Arena.

EIU scores triple digits in win

Maurice Phipps, Sports Reporter December 2, 2023

The Panthers scored 112 points, the most in a game since 2019, in a 112-50 win against the UHSP Eutectics. Fifth-year senior forward Jermaine Hamlin would score the opening bucket for the Panthers,...

Sophomore forward Macy Mcglone (33), avoids the defender and attempts to score under the basket at the EIU womens basketball game vs. Tenneesee Tech Friday afternoon. The Panthers lost to the Golden Eagles 61-66.

Eastern basketball during the break

Luther Yoder and Cameron Thomas November 28, 2023

Eastern men’s basketball went 2-1 during Thanksgiving break with wins against the Coppin State Eagles, and the Eureka College Red Devils and a loss to the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks. Its record for the...

The mens basketball team won their home opener 91-45 against the Monmouth College Fighting Scots Wednesday evening Nov. 8, 2023 at Lantz Arena.

EIU looks to end road stretch on a high note

Maurice Phipps, Sports Reporter November 17, 2023

The Eastern men’s basketball team takes a trip to Oxford, Ohio this weekend where they will face Coppin State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Miami (Ohio) on Sunday at noon. Miami (Ohio) will cap...

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