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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

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...

Forward Sammy Friday IV goes for a shot in the paint at the Thursday game against the Morehead State Eagles at Lantz Arena. Friday IV scored four points and had four rebounds. The Panthers lost 82-46 to the Eagles.

Panthers eliminated from OVC Tournament with loss to Morehead State

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor February 25, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team have been mathematically eliminated from postseason play after losing to Morehead State 82-46 Thursday evening in Lantz Arena.  The Panthers competed with the Eagles...

Sophomore guard Dan Luers controls the ball while being guarded at the men’s basketball game against Tennessee Martin on Feb. 12 at Lantz Arena. The Panthers won 82-70 against the Skyhawks.

Panthers lose 66-52 in road game against Cougars

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter February 21, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team lost their fourth game in a row, falling to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 66-52 in a game in which the deficit grew to as much as 29. With the loss, the Panthers...

Eastern guard Kashawn Charles tries to dribble around a defender in the Panthers game against Tennessee-Martin on Feb. 12 in Lantz Arena. Charles had a career-high 27 points in the game, which Eastern won 82-70.

Panthers lose to Belmont as Bruins pull away late

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor February 17, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team dropped their second road game in a row Thursday night against second place Belmont.   On Monday night against Austin Peay, the Panthers shot 37 percent from the...

Sophomore guard Dan Luers drives towards the rim at the men’s basketball game against Tennessee Martin on Saturday at Lantz Arena. The Panthers beat the Skyhawks 82-70.

Panthers’ second-half comeback falls short against Austin Peay

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter February 14, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team continued their up-and-down season with a 62-54 loss to Austin Peay in the two teams’ first matchup of the season. Similar to their Thursday loss to Tennessee Tech,...

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 gets trapped by Belmonts defense in the Panthers game against the Bruins on Jan. 17 in Lantz Arena. Clements had a total of 5 assists. The Panthers lost 90-56 to the Bruins.

Three teams remain in race for top of OVC men’s basketball standings

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter January 28, 2022

The fight for the top of the standings in the OVC remains a three-team battle amongst Murray State, Morehead State and Belmont. Murray State and Morehead State are both undefeated in conference play,...

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