After 26 years of taking L after L in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, the Caltech men’s basketball team finally got a W. So of course, there was court rushing, celebrating, and talk of goals that don’t involve winning a conference game.
Caltech posted its first conference victory in more than 26 years Tuesday, defeating Occidental in its season finale, 46-45, bringing its run of 310 consecutive conference losses to an end. It was the longest conference losing streak in the nation.
“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,” said Coach Oliver Eslinger on the school’s website. “We still have goals and aspirations that we want to accomplish as a program and this win is another step toward meeting these objectives.”