The Daily Eastern News

Foul trouble hurts Panthers in loss

Senior Muusa Dama goes up for a right-hand hook in the Panthers’ 86-74 loss to Southeast Missouri Jan. 20 in Lantz Arena. Eastern lost to Belmont 81-59 Thursday on the road.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

January 25, 2018

The Eastern men’s basketball team’s plan to stop Belmont Thursday was to make the three-pointers the Bruins shot “as hard as possible.” Maybe it made it slightly harder, as the Bruins sank 10-of-28, after hitting 13 the last time the two teams played each other, but Belmont still came away w...

Consistent Dama key to men’s basketball team’s success

Maher Kawash, Basketball Reporter

December 5, 2017

Coming into this season, the Eastern men’s basketball team knew that it’s 6-foot-9 center Muusa Dama would be a key cog to any success found this season. Through seven games it is clear that stands true. The Panthers may have just a 2-5 record, but there has been plenty of competitive basketba...

Tennessee-Martin beats Eastern in double OT

Junior Ray Crossland drives in to the lane against Murray State’s Jonathan Stark Thursday, Jan. 12 at Lantz Arena. Crossland led all Panthers with 18 points in the 83-72 OVC loss.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

January 19, 2017

Free throws. Free throws have been hard to come by for the Panthers as of late, something that coach Jay Spoonhour said the Panthers need more of. Well, that did not happen Thursday night, and the Panthers lost to Tennessee-Martin 82-71 in double overtime. Eastern shot just 11 free throws and connected...

Column: 3-point shooting falters in OT loss to Bradley

Maher Kawash, Basketball Reporter

November 30, 2016

In basketball there is a relatively known phrase that says a team can live by the three or die by the three, and for the Eastern men’s basketball team it was the ladder that led to an overtime downfall. With Bradley in town for a midweek affair, the Panthers had a shot to keep their undefeated ...

Panthers fall to Braves in overtime

Senior Demetrius McReynolds goes up for a layup Tuesday against Bradley at Lantz Arena. McReynolds led all scorers with 25 in the Panthers 87-83 loss to the Braves.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

November 30, 2016

When junior Montell Goodwin found junior Muusa Dama for a big alley-oop that sent Lantz Arena up for grabs, it seemed like the momentum could not be stirred away from the Panthers. And just two minutes before that, junior Ray Crossland chased down and saved a loose ball at the baseline before firi...

Panthers host Bradley for first time in 97 years

Junior guard Cornell Johnston looks eyes the court for an open teammate Sunday Nov. 6 at Lantz Arena. The Panthers defeated the Red Devils 94-58 in their only exhibition game of the season.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

November 28, 2016

Home has been pretty sweet to the Panthers to start the year, the men’s basketball team remains 4-0 in Lantz arena and will have a chance to make it 5-0 when it hosts Bradley on Tuesday. The last meeting between the two schools was in 2012, which resulted in a decisive 76-53 loss for the Panthers....

Panthers face Saint Louis for second straight road game

Junior Ray Crossland attempts to shield the passing lanes with his hand while defending a St. Francis (Ill) player Friday at Lantz Arena.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

November 16, 2016

Three games into the season, the Panthers (1-1) have had more ups than downs, and the fight the Panthers showed in the second half of Tuesday’s game proved that. After watching Eastern’s exhibition game against Eureka and regular season home opener, the first half of the Panthers’ game against...

Troy beats Panthers in final seconds

Senior Demetrius McReynolds defends a pass from St. Francis' Hayden Witt Friday at Lantz Aena. The Panthers won the season opener 83-41.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

November 14, 2016

A 40-point second half was not enough to erase the slow start the Eastern men’s basketball team’s 27-point first half as Troy hung on for a 70-67 win Monday night in Troy, Ala. In the first two games of the season, the Panthers were able to score at will. The last game Eastern finished with 83...

Men’s basketball set for special season

Junior Muusa Dama lays in a basket Sunday against Eureka College at Lantz Arena. Dama scored 14 points and recorded 3 blocks in the 94-58 exhibition game win.

Maher Kawash, Men's Basketball Reporter

November 7, 2016

While it is expected against a Division III opponent, a 36-point victory is always a nice way to kick off a season. The win over Eureka College was just an exhibition game, but it still showed plenty of what is in store for the Eastern men’s basketball team this season. The first round exit from...

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