The Beavers have won! The Beavers have won! Oh my God...the most amazing...sensational...dramatic...heartrending..exciting thrilling end to a 310-game conference losing streak in the history of college basketball!
The Beaver has reason to smile.
Caltech tops Occidental to end 26-year conference drought
The Caltech men's basketball team is hoping this is the beginning of a new streak.
This time, though, it will be called a winning streak. It's something the Beavers will have to get accustomed to in the next few weeks and months. Their 26 years of futility in the SCIAC, which began on a January day in 1985, ended Tuesday night with a 46-45 victory over visiting Occidental College.
Ryan Elmquist, one of only two seniors on the team, broke a 45-45 tie with 3.3 seconds left when he hit the first of two foul shots. He missed the second shot, and the Tigers' Sam Stapleton grabbed the rebound, but instead of calling the Tigers' final timeout, Stapleton took a couple of dribbles and launched a 75-footer that hit the side of the backboard. It was nowhere close to going in.
Caltech fans, who packed Braun Arena, rushed onto the court and mobbed the Beavers, who had lost 310 consecutive conference games.
"I feel like I just won an NCAA championship," Caltech coach Oliver Eslinger said. "I'm so proud of Ryan Elmquist."
The Beavers' last conference victory was a 48-47 win over the University of La Verne in 1985. In the meantime, they were dubbed "lovable losers" and even had a documentary, "Quantum Hoops," made about the losing streak. They'd lost all 13 of their conference games this season.
Last night's historic victory was Caltech's first conference win since January 23, 1985 when the Beavers beat LaVerne -- also by one point.
So where were YOU on January 23, 1985?