Caltech ended its run of 310 consecutive losses in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the longest conference losing streak in the nation, on Tuesday with a 46-45 victory over Occidental in its season finale.
The streak started on Jan. 23, 1985, in a 48-47 loss to La Verne.
Senior Ryan Elmquist scored the winning point, making the first of two free throws with three seconds left, before Occidental missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.
The Beavers have a great sense of humor about their athletic struggles, but they still celebrated at the Braun Athletic Center after Occidental missed its desperation shot at the buzzer.
"Tonight’s win is a testament to the hard work each member of this team, the alumni and the supporters have put into this program. I hope that everyone who has participated in Caltech men’s basketball is able to celebrate a little bit tonight," Caltech coach Oliver Eslinger said.
"We still have goals and aspirations that we want to accomplish as a program and this win is another step toward meeting these objectives."
Division III Caltech is a famed private research university with a heavy emphasis on science and engineering. The school has just 950 undergraduates, but 31 alumni and faculty have won the Nobel Prize.
In 2007, Caltech snapped a record 207-game NCAA losing streak with an 81-52 win over Bard College of New York.
The Beavers finish the season with a 5-20 record, their best mark in 15 years. Last season, they went 0-25 and hadn’t won more than one game in any of their previous eight seasons
Meanwhile, the women’s basketball team finished its season 0-25, losing to Occidental 82-35 on Tuesday night.