Behold! The skies have parted and a mighty rain falls on the land this day, my friends! It is the rain of triumph over futility! It is the rain of victory over defeat!
It is the rain of a thousand lifetimes of strife being washed away!
For today, my friends, the mighty New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) basketball team calls itself a winner, having snapped a 51-game losing streak by beating powerhouse Bryant College 61-51!
The Highlanders won for the first time since Feb. 19, 2007, when they defeated Longwood 78-74. It was NJIT’s first home win since Feb. 8, 2007, against South Dakota State.
The school is in its third season as a Division I program, and the Highlanders are 6-71 since making the step up from Division II. They went winless last season after posting a 5-24 record in 2006-07.
Verily did the Highlanders win this contest by divine intervention and seemingly obvious basketball tactics:
“During practice before the game, coach (Engles) told me to look at the rim and find shots within the offense,” said (Jheryl) Wilson, a product of St. Benedict’s Prep who hails from Irvington.
What light! What hope!