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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

Kyle Carlesimo, a freshman guard, struggles to gain possession of a loose ball but a St. Mary of the Woods College player holds his firm grip on the ball during the mens basketball game against the St. Mary of the Woods College Black Horses in Lantz Arena Monday afternoon. Carlesimo led the Panthers with 19 points and seven rebounds. The team had an average of 4 rebounds per player, with a total of 50. The Panthers won 102-40 against the Black Horses.

Carlesimo leads men’s basketball to first home win of the season

Nick Bays, Men's Basketball Reporter November 22, 2022

After a second half that saw the Eastern men's basketball team score 59 points alone, the Panthers beat Saint Mary of the Woods College 102-40 Monday afternoon at home at First Mid Court. Eastern had...

Guard Yaakema Rose Jr. (4), yells in excitement after center player Nick Ellington (11), dunks the ball during their game vs. Illinois State University. The Panthers lost to the Redbirds 54-49 in Lantz Arena.

Ellington provides electricity in second half of home opener loss

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor November 11, 2022

Junior center Nick Ellington was the spark off the bench that the Eastern men’s basketball team needed in the second half of its 54-49 home opener loss to Illinois State Thursday evening.  The Panthers...

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 24, 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 10, 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...

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