!http://active.typepad.com/teamsports/images/scoreboard_2.jpg![http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/scoreboard_2.jpg]Happy news out of Pasadena, California: Caltech beat an NCAA Division III school for the first time in more than a decade, ending a 207-game streak by beating Bard College (N.Y.) 81-52 on Saturday night. The Beavers, hadn't beaten a fellow Division III school since the 1995-96 season, when they beat Principia (Ill.).
The California Institute of Technology, which has a student body of some 850, is renowned for its programs in science and math. Albert Einstein lectured at Caltech, Linus Pauling was a professor and 31 Nobel Prize winners either have taught or studied on the small campus in suburban Los Angeles. The school has extremely high admission standards and puts arduous academic demands on the students. So it is understandable that while the school attracts some of the nation's best and brightest, it doesn't necessarily draw the most athletically gifted.
One streak left on Caltech's list is a 245-game conference losing streak. The Beavers haven't won a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game in 21 years. They open their conference schedule at Occidental College on Jan. 10 looking to put an end to that streak as well. Good luck to them in doing so!