OREM Utah Valley State helped make NCAA history Saturday in its 76-50 win over the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
It wasn't the kind of record that makes either team proud, however, as NJIT ended its season 0-29 to break an NCAA record for most losses without a victory.
"You keep waking up, and it's the same thing," said NJIT coach Jim Casciano, who last week announced his resignation, effective following Saturday's record-setting setback.
The previous-worst record for a season was 0-28, set by Prairie View of Texas in 1992 and matched by Savannah State in 2005.
"Intercollegiate athletics are competitive," said UVSC coach Dick Hunsaker. "It's very tough on the young men, and it's very tough on the coaching staff. They're giving their best and trying.
"Unfortunately, they never caught a break and a game never came their way this season."
Wolverines forward Jordan Brady had mixed feelings about beating the Highlanders, but he wasn't feeling too bad considering that Utah Valley needed the win to pull its record up to .500 at 14-14.
"I respect every one of them," Brady said. "They all played hard and you would think that after losing that many games in a row, you would give up."
And the Wolverines were wary going into the game.
"You don't want to be the team to (lose to NJIT)," Brady said. "With this being their last game of the year, it's competitive and it's Division I basketball."
Leading the way for UVSC was Ryan Toolson's game-high 22 points. The real worker, though, was Brady pulling down 12 rebounds and scoring 16 points.
"Coach has been challenging me all week to come out with some energy," Brady said.
Both Brady and Josh Olsen limited NJIT's big men, Kraig Peters and Nesho Milosevic, to 13 and eight points, respectively.
"Nesho and Peters are tough matchups," Hunsaker said. "I thought Jordan Brady, particularly, met the matchup and did a nice job inside defensively, as well as Josh Olsen on Peters."
The Highlanders came within 17 points in the second half before Toolson drained a three and NJIT didn't get any closer.
"We've improved defensively throughout the season," Hunsaker said. "We've done a much better job of not allowing opponents to create offense out of their defense against us."
Using two large runs, the Wolverines went into halftime with a 49-25 lead. Buoying the offensive charge was UVSC's 62.1 percent shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes, with a 58.3 percentage on its 3-pointers.
An 11-0 run in the first few minutes of the game gave UVSC a 10-point lead. After neither team made headway for several minutes, the Wolverines closed the half on a 19-5 run, finished by Toolson's buzzer
"It's been hard," said NJIT freshman point guard Jeryl Wilson, whose teams lost just four games in a storied high-school career. "I'm just hoping to forget about it in a month or two. High school was fun. This is completely the opposite."