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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

Sophomore forward Sincere Malone (5) attempts a contested layup by freshman guard Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn (2) during the Panthers first mens basketball game of the season. The Panthers lost 52-80 to the Fighting Illini Monday night.

Malone, Gibson enter transfer portal

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor April 16, 2024

The transfer portal for men’s and women’s NCAA Division I basketball opened on March 18. Since then, two Panthers from the men’s team have put their names in the transfer portal. 1.       ...

Freshman forward Isaiah Griffin looks for a pass while being pressured by Monmouth College junior guard Jordan Hill during Easterns home opener on Wednesday evening at Lantz Arena. Griffin scored five points, had two rebounds and was 2-6 on field goals.

Isaiah Griffin plays first season after post-high school training

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor March 4, 2024

Fifteen men are on Eastern’s men’s basketball team, yet only one of them is a freshman… a 21-year-old freshman.  “Age-wise, I’m up there with everybody,” Panther guard Isaiah Griffin said....

Eastern’s senior guard Tiger Booker shoots a contested layup over University of Tennessee-Martin’s junior guard Jordan Sears. The Panthers lost to the Skyhawks 76-59 Thursday evening in Groniger Arena.

Panthers struggle with rebounds in loss against Skyhawks

Chloe Proffitt, Sports Reporter February 2, 2024

Eastern’s men's basketball fell to the University of Tennessee-Martin 76-59 Thursday evening in Groniger Arena. This tough loss was mainly credited to rebounds. UT Martin clinched 52 rebounds while...

Tigers’ senior guard Kinyon Hodges defends Panthers’ junior guard Nakyel Shelton. Eastern lost to Tennessee State 64-60 in Groniger Arena on Jan. 27, 2024.

Former Panther secures conference win for Tigers

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor January 27, 2024

With 42 seconds left in regulation, former Panther and current Tiger Kinyon Hodges made a midrange jumper that helped the Tigers seal the 64-60 win over the Panthers Saturday evening in Groniger Arena. Eastern’s...

Senior guard Jordan Tiger Booker during the mens basketball game against Tennessee Tech Thursday night at Groniger Arena. The Panthers beat the Golden Eagles 68-59.

EIU obtains first home conference win

Chloe Proffitt, Sports Reporter January 26, 2024

Eastern men’s basketball clinched the victory against Tennessee Tech University in a fast paced game as the Panthers beat the Golden Eagles 68-59 Thursday evening in Groniger Arena. Starting with the...

Sophomore forward Kooper Jacobi scores a point against Morehead State Thursday evening in Groniger Arena.

Men’s basketball loses two straight conference games

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor January 14, 2024

Eastern men’s basketball lost two straight games this week. On Thursday evening in Groniger Arena, the Panthers lost to the Morehead State Eagles 78-52. Three Panthers scored double figures against...

Panther Profiles: Ep. 10: Sincere Malone

Panther Profiles: Ep. 10: Sincere Malone

Aidan Cusack and Patrick Schmitz January 10, 2024

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0YCkfKwETlld0gAVwZRDUK?si=FqUPsb6eTLeuMEeKG8gXrA Aidan and Patrick talk to sophomore forward Sincere Malone from the Panther’s men’s basketball team. Malone talks...

Kooper Jacobi (40) led the Panthers with 14 points and went 6-9 in field goals helping to secure the Panthers triple-digit win over University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy Saturday afternoon at Groniger Arena.

EIU scores triple digits in win

Maurice Phipps, Sports Reporter December 2, 2023

The Panthers scored 112 points, the most in a game since 2019, in a 112-50 win against the UHSP Eutectics. Fifth-year senior forward Jermaine Hamlin would score the opening bucket for the Panthers,...

Senior guard Jordan Tiger Booker pushes the defense during Easterns home opener on Wednesday evening at Lantz Arena . Brooker scored 10 points and went 2-2 on free throws as well as 4-7 on field goals.

EIU blows out Monmouth in home opener

Maurice Phipps, Sports Reporter November 9, 2023

Eastern held the Monmouth Fighting Scots to just 9-25 (36%) from the floor in the first half, while the Panthers converted half of their 36 shot attempts Wednesday evening. The Panthers started off their...

Redshirt sophomore forward Kooper Jacobi puts the ball up in the paint during the Panthers first mens basketball game of the season against the Fighting Illini in the State Farm Center Monday night. Jacobi led the Panthers by scoring 10 points and rebounding 11 shots.

Jacobi records double-double in loss against Fighting Illini

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor November 6, 2023

Although the Panthers lost to the University of Illinois Fighting Illini Monday evening, Eastern fans got to see how the newest Panthers can be significant contributors for the team this season. Redshirt...

Easterns mens basketball Head Coach Marty Simmons, talks to players during a timeout in a game against the St. Mary of the Woods College Black Horses during the game in Lantz Arena Monday afternoon. The Panthers won 102-40 against the Black Horses.

2023 EIU men’s basketball season preview

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor November 5, 2023

Eastern’s men’s basketball team is looking to improve to a better record than they finished with last season. The Panthers finished with a 9-22 overall record last season, and they finished with a...

Sincere Malone (5), goes up for a short jump.

The Panthers are excited for their upcoming season

Maurice Phipps, Sports Reporter November 3, 2023

The Panthers are returning only six players to their men’s basketball team this year, while nine of their players are fresh faces. “We’re very excited,” Head Coach Marty Simmons said. “I...

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