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The Daily Eastern News

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.

The Daily Eastern News

The Eastern men’s basketball head coach Marty Simmons (seated left) instructs players on what to do during a timeout during the Panthers’ game against Murray State on Jan. 17 at Lantz Arena. The Panthers lost 72-46 to the Racers.

How life, basketball brought Simmons to EIU

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter April 20, 2022

Marty Simmons has had an illustrious basketball career, from his days as Mr. Basketball in Lawrenceville, Ill. to an overall record of 287-272 as a college head coach. About a year ago, he was named the...

Eastern guard Kashawn Charles (left) and forward Sammy Friday IV (second from right) pose with head coach Marty Simmons (right) and Fridays parents prior to the mens basketball game on Feb. 26 in Lantz Arena. It was Senior Day for the Panthers, and Charles and Friday were honored with a ceremony on the court. Friday scored 13 points and Charles scored eigth points in the game, which the Panthers lost 64-52.

Charles, Friday honored at Senior Day for men’s basketball team

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor February 26, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team said goodbye to two seniors Saturday evening during the team’s annual Senior Day at Lantz Arena.   Kashawn Charles and Sammy Friday IV played their last game...

Eastern forward Sammy Friday IV drives toward the basket in the mens basketball game against Austin Peay on Saturday in Lantz Arena. Friday led the team with 13 points in the game, which Eastern lost 64-52.

Panthers close out regular season with 64-52 loss to Austin Peay

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter February 26, 2022

The first season of the Marty Simmons era of Eastern men’s basketball is in the books. It ended without a bang as the Panthers fell 64-52 to the Austin Peay Governors, finishing the season with a...

Guard Kashawn Charles celebrates during the final seconds of a win over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday at Lantz Arena. Charles had a career-high of 27 points in the game, which the Panthers won 82-70 against the Skyhawks.

Charles leads Panthers to big win against Skyhawks

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter February 12, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team completed a season sweep of Tennessee-Martin Saturday on the strong performances of their starting guards, beating the Skyhawks 82-70. It was the Panthers’ highest-scoring...

Freshman forward Paul Bizimana shoots a ball at Thursdays mens basketball game against Tennessee Tech at Lantz Arena. Bizimana led with 17 points and had 4 rebounds. The Panthers lost 73-62 to the Golden Eagles.

Panthers suffer home loss to Tennessee Tech Thursday

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter February 11, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team lost their third straight game Thursday night to Tennessee Tech despite having three players score in double digits. The Panthers never led in the 73-62 loss, although...

Paul Bizimana, a freshman forward, gets picked up by his teammates after making a late basket in the men’s basketball game on Saturday against Tennessee State Tigers at Lantz Arena. Bizimana had 20 points and 6 rebounds. The Panthers won 62-57 against the Tigers.

Panthers get 1st home win of conference season

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter January 29, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team won their second straight game, beating Tennessee State 62-57 for their first OVC home win. The Panthers went into halftime up one but an 18-point second half by...

Eastern guard Kejuan Clements attempts a layup in Easterns game against Southeast Missouri on Saturday in Lantz Arena. Clements scored 14 points in the game, which Eastern lost 87-58.

Panthers lose 9th-straight game, fall to 0-5 in conference play

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter January 22, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team lost by 25 or more points for the third straight game on Saturday, falling to Southeast Missouri 87-58. The Panthers’ record dropped to 2-16 overall and 0-5 in...

Eastern forward Rodolfo Bolis looks to pass the ball in the Panthers game against Murray State Monday at Lantz Arena. Bolis had nine points and six rebounds in the game, which Eastern lost 72-46.

Panthers suffer home loss to OVC-leading Murray State

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor January 17, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team dropped to 0-2 in OVC play Monday night at Lantz Arena after losing to Murray State 72-46.  The Panthers relied on their younger players Monday night as they were...

Announcers Bryce Weiler (right) and Mike Bradd call the Eastern mens basketball teams game against SIUE Thursday night on Hit-Mix 88.9. Weiler, who is blind, had been friends with Eastern head coach Marty Simmons since Simmons coached at Evansville when Weiler was a student there.

Announcer Bryce Weiler calls Eastern men’s game Thursday, reunites with Simmons

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor January 14, 2022

Thursday night’s matchup between the Panthers and the SIUE Cougars was seemingly just like any other game to those who filled the stands in Lantz Arena. Little did they know that some of the most important...

THROUGH THE LENS: The News year in photos

THROUGH THE LENS: The News’ year in photos

The News December 31, 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, the staff of The Daily Eastern News invites you to look back at the year through our lens. January February March April May June July August September   October November December   Happy...

Eastern forward Sammy Friday IV makes a move in the paint during Thursday nights game against Rockford in Lantz Arena. Friday IV set a new career high with 21 points in the game, which Eastern won 96-64.

Panthers beat Rockford 96-64 for 1st win of season

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter November 18, 2021

Eastern’s men’s basketball team secured their first win of the season at home Thursday against Rockford University 96-64, improving their record to 1-3.  Sammy Friday IV had a good Thursday,...

Eastern forward Sammy Friday IV battles with two Chicago State defenders in the paint in a game last December, which Eastern won 78-56.

Men’s basketball team to play home opener Monday

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter November 14, 2021

Lantz Arena will hold it’s first men’s basketball game of the season Monday night at 7 p.m. as the Panthers host the 0-2 Central Michigan Chippewas. Both teams are winless entering their 51st ever...

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