It’s actually a 310-game losing streak in conference games – Caltech has an overall record in 2010-11 of 5-20. But Tuesday, the Beavers won their first conference game since January 23, 1985.

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… And after the 46-45 triumph at home against Occidental, they celebrated with students who rushed the court and dumped water on the third-year coach.

“I always wondered, ‘How does a coach let that happen?’” (Caltech coach Oliver) Eslinger told late Tuesday night. “I saw it out of the corner of my eye, and I kind of didn’t want to get out of the way.

“I was marinating in the moment. It was like the world stopped, and the stupid streak stopped, and now we can concentrate on winning the SCIAC.” …