|NJIT loses 35th straight, most among Division I|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 17 November 2008 18:01|
The Highlanders' 35th straight defeat passed the previous NCAA Division I record for consecutive losses set by Sacramento State between Dec. 22, 1997, and Jan. 27, 1999. NJIT last won on Feb. 19, 2007, and is 5-55 since moving to Division I two seasons ago.
School officials have said that the Highlanders won't go into the official Division I record book because they are in their final reclassifying year and will not be a full member of Division I until 2009-10.
``Obviously, we've got a really young team and we're trying to change the culture of our program,'' said first-year NJIT coach Jim Engles said. ``We're a relatively new Division I school. I think we can compete physically, but we have mental breakdowns that we can't afford to have.''
Talor Battle had 16 points to lead the Nittany Lions (2-0), while Brandon Lyn's 13 points and seven rebounds paced NJIT (0-2).
David Jackson added 13 points for Penn State, which pulled away following a sluggish first half. Leading 47-34 early in the second half, a 17-0 run by the Nittany Lions put the game out of reach.
``We were kind of walking around in mud the first half,'' Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. ``We couldn't pass and catch the ball.''
Justin Garris had 11 points for NJIT before fouling out.