The Daily Eastern News

Panthers finish regular season strong

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

March 1, 2020

Timing and momentum can change any season in sports, and the Eastern men’s basketball team is evidence of that. In the span of two weeks Eastern finished the season on a four-game winning streak after getting two come-from-behind wins against Murray State and Austin Peay. The Panthers then funne...

Winners and losers in OVC men’s basketball

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

February 25, 2020

Eastern simultaneously propelled itself into a good spot to make the OVC tournament, while also muddying the waters of the OVC standings with its wins over Murray State and Austin Peay last week. There is still a clear line between the top three teams (kind of four with Eastern Kentucky) and even...

Notebook: Men’s basketball to face top 2 teams in OVC this week

Blake Faith, Men's Basketball Reporter

February 18, 2020

The OVC standings have yet to change in first and second place as they still belong to Murray State and Austin Peay. Both are the Eastern’s men’s basketball team’s opponents this week at Lantz Arena. In the OVC Preseason Poll Belmont was predicted to finish first in the conference and Murr...

Column: Men’s basketball struggles early in OVC

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

January 12, 2020

A lot happened over the break, and for the men’s basketball team specifically, that meant an 0-4 start to its conference schedule. The winless start to OVC play is shocking to say the least, and Eastern does need to start kicking it into gear to bounce back before it gets out of hand. Four stra...

Analysis: Skyhawks remain a thorn in Eastern’s side, even in preseason poll

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Kashawn Charles (middle) makes a short pass to Shareef Smith (right) on the wing. Eastern lost to Morehead State 84-78 Feb. 2 in Lantz Arena.

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

October 23, 2019

Eastern finished sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference last season and prepared to face Tennessee-Martin, the seventh seed in the conference tournament, March 6 in the first round of the tournament. The Panthers had already beaten the Skyhawks twice before in the regular season, so there was a feeling ...

Analysis: Perimeter defense is key for men’s basketball

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Ben Harvey (left) and Rade Kukobat (middle) defend Nick Mayo as he backs down in the post, along the baseline. Eastern defeated Eastern Kentucky 67-66 Jan. 31 in Lantz Arena.

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

October 7, 2019

While the offense could certainly be up-and-down at times last season, the Eastern men’s basketball team could usually rely on a basket to help its case. What the Panthers could not rely on, though, was their defense. Until the second half of the season, Eastern struggled to keep opposing teams...

OVC race tightening up on men’s side

Oscar Rzodkiewicz, Men's Basketball Reporter

February 6, 2019

The race for the OVC trophy got even closer last week as four teams share the number one spot while Eastern sits just behind the top of the pack. The Panthers (13-10, 6-4 OVC) won a thriller in Lantz Arena last Thursday to Eastern Kentucky in a 67-66 finish to kick off the week. Eastern held one of th...

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