The Highlanders (1-18) won for the first time since Feb. 19, 2007, when they defeated Longwood 78-74. It was NJIT's first home win since Feb. 8, 2007, against South Dakota State. Ironically, NJIT next game is down at Farmville against the Lancers.
The school is in its third season as a Division I program, and the NJIT is 6-71 since making the step up from D2. They went winless last season after posting a 5-24 record in 2006-07.
NJIT officials said the 51-game drought was the longest for a team playing an NCAA D1, but since NJIT is in its final reclassifying year and not yet a full member of D1 until 2009-10, its skid does not eclipse Sacramento State's record of 34 consecutive losses from 1997-99. Is that some classic NCAA mumbo-jumbo or what?
The longest NCAA losing streak at any level — 117 games — is also held by a New Jersey school. D3 Rutgers-Camden did not win a game from Jan. 22, 1992, to Jan. 9, 1997.
(Photos by Tony Kurdzuk/NJ Star-Ledger)