The New Jersey Institute of Technology shocked the college basketball world with a stunning 72-70 victory over No. 17 Michigan Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor.
The Highlanders, who are the only independent team in Division I this season, knocked down 11 of their 17 attempts from three-point range to pull off likely the biggest upset fans will see this season.
Guard Damon Lynn led NJIT with 20 points, hitting six three-pointers, and Ky Howard and Winfield Willis each scored 17 points.
Saturday’s matchup was the first time NJIT was even facing a ranked opponent since the 2006-07 season, according to the school’s official site.
Wolverines junior Caris LeVert poured in 32 points to lead his team, but only he and Derrick Walton notched double-figures in the game. Michigan struggled from the field throughout the contest, shooting 42 percent from the field.
NJIT is now 3-5 on the season, and Michigan suffered its first home loss of the year to fall to 6-2 overall.
The loss further stings Michigan’s athletic troubles this season. The football team fell to 5-7 this season, and fired head coach Brady Hoke after major outcries from students and fans. Many will undoubtedly compared this Michigan loss to the one the football program suffered to FCS program Appalachian State back in 2007.