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The Road Ends for Eastern Basketball

The Eastern men’s basketball team faced off against Southeast Missouri on March 6, in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, but wasn’t able to move forward in the OVC tournament. SEMO defeated the men’s basketball team 78-68.

The women’s team played on Friday, March 8, and fell against UT Martin 71-69 in the semifinal round. It was one of the most exciting games I covered during my four years at Eastern, and it was also the last Eastern basketball games I’ll cover for The Daily Eastern News or the Warbler. UT Martin ended up winning the OVC Championship and is moving into the NCAA Tournament.

For the full women’s basketball story check out Alex McNamee’s story in The Daily Eastern News. With the basketball season over, baseball and softball are right around the corner, and it will be nice to finally get back outside to cover games.

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Eastern crowned OVC Champion

Football coach Dino Babers led the team to an OVC championship during a season dubbed the New Era by Eastern athletics. Eastern came into their game against Southeast-Missouri State 5-1 in conference play, and claimed the OVC title outright after UT Martin lost to Tennessee Tech. Eastern defeated SEMO 39-20 Saturday at O’Brien Field.

The Panthers have one more regular season game against Central Arkansas on Nov. 17, before they move on to the playoffs.

Dino Babers gives players a thumbs up after a succesful play.

Junior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo fakes a hand off to red-shirt senior Jake Walker.

Red-shirt sophomore linebacker Adam Gristick celebrates near Eastern’s imminant victory over SEMO.

Erik Lora, a red-shirt junior wide reciever, tries to shake off SEMO’s senior free safety Tylor Brock. Lora broke the OVC record for receiving yards in a season during the game.

The Eastern football team gathers for a photo after their victory over SEMO.

Eastern players hoist the OVC trophy during their victory celebration.





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Men’s basketball team moves to 2-1 in the OVC

Senior guard Jeremy Granger is the final player to be introduced of the Eastern men’s basketball team’s starting lineup Jan. 12, in EIU’s Lantz Arena. Eastern faced UT Martin defeating them 68-55.

Mike Liabo, a sophomore UT Martin guard/forward, tips the ball away from senior forward Zavier Sanders as he attempts a rebound.

Jake Schlich, a junior music education major and drummer for the Panther Basketball Band , cheers for the Eastern men’s basketball team during the final minutes of the first half.

Sophomore forward Alfonzo McKinnie dunks the ball during the second half of play against UT Martin.

Eastern head coach Mike Miller holds his face in his hands after a botched play in the last few minutes of play. Eastern’s win puts them at 2-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. For the full story head over to The Daily Eastern News.

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