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Eastern men’s basketball team takes big win over Illinois

Senior forward Muusa Dama celebrates with fans and teammates after knocking off the University of Illinois 80-67. He finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds. The University of Illinois basketball team set up the game as a way to raise money for a hurricane relief fund. It was the first time the Panthers faced the Big Ten university.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

November 6, 2017

In just ten days, the Eastern men’s basketball team set up a game with the University of Illinois, sold out Lantz Arena and ended with the Panthers beating Big Ten Illinois 80-67. All of this contributed to raising $35,000-$40,000 for a hurricane relief fund. “The game doesn’t happen unless...

Column: Experience may help men’s basketball team be successful

Sean Hastings, Sport's Editor

September 13, 2016

  There will be just two freshmen on this year’s roster for the Eastern men’s basketball team, and there will be a few key members from last year returning to the court. Cornell Johnston is back for his junior season and, as the team’s point guard, will be one of the leaders for this...

Panthers host Baker University in non-conference game

Jehad Abbed, Assistant Sports Editor

February 2, 2015

The Eastern men’s basketball team hosts NAIA school Baker University at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the Panthers’ last home game for the next two weeks. The game against Baker (7-14) will be Eastern’s (13-9) first matchup with a non-conference opponent since Dec. 23 when they beat Cleveland State. T...

Panthers look for ninth straight win

Jehad Abbed, Assistant Sports Editor

January 16, 2015

Eastern men’s basketball head coach Jay Spoonhour looks for his team to continue its strong conference start as they meet Morehead State University this weekend. The Panthers (11-6) have not beat Morehead (6-12) since January 15, 2011. The two teams have met four times since then. “You can’t...

Panthers defeat Gamecocks for fifth straight win

Jehad Abbed, Assistant Sports Editor

January 3, 2015

The Eastern men’s basketball team overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to beat Jacksonville State University Saturday in an overtime battle to continue a five-game win streak. Junior forward Chris Olivier led the way for the (8-6) Panthers with a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds as they beat (8...

Late free throws lift Panthers to 61-59 victory

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

January 2, 2015

A pair of free throws by senior guard Dylan Chatman sent the Panthers to a 61-59 victory over Tennessee Tech on Thursday in their Ohio Valley Conference opener. It was Eastern’s fourth straight victory and their first of that kind since the 2009-10 season. Chatman’s free throws capped of a...

Panthers release new schedule

Anthony Catezone, Managing Editor

September 11, 2014

The Eastern men’s basketball team released its 2014-15 schedule Thursday which is highlighted by 13 home games in Lantz Arena and participation in the Emerald Coast Classic. Eastern opens the season on the road at Missouri State on Nov. 14, as the game will be used to honor third-year Eastern coach Jay...

Hartzell believes basketball success vital to raise athletic program

Bob Galuski, Editor-in-Chief

July 8, 2014

Rick Hartzell, one of three candidates for athletic director, came to Eastern's campus Monday with ideas on how to improve on the program, citing men's basketball as a point for success. Drawing on his experience as athletic director at Northern Iowa, Hartzell said it was a marked improvement on the...

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