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Caltech basketball players Mike Paluchniak, left, Arjun Chandar, middle partially blocked, and Mike Edwards, right, smile as they look at a local sports page announcing their 46-45 win over Occidental College in a Division III NCAA college basketball game in Pasadena, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. The Beavers ended their 310-game conference losing streak with a one-point victory in the season finale on Tuesday.

PASADENA, Calif. — The end of Caltech's 310-game conference losing streak spanning 26 years was so big, even school president Jean-Lou Chameau rushed the court to celebrate.

A day later, the two old-time scoreboards in tiny Braun Gym remained lit up with the result: Home 46, Visitor 45.

Call it Revenge of the Nerds.

The Division III Beavers beat Occidental College in their season finale Tuesday night, giving Caltech its first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory since Jan. 23, 1985, when the Beavers defeated LaVerne 48-47.