The Rutgers football team has been on the wrong side of some pretty embarrassing scores in recent years. In the last three seasons alone, they’ve lost 58-0, 78-0, 49-0, 56-0, and 52-3. It’s been a pretty demoralizing time and there isn’t much for the school to get excited about.

So, when Rutgers happens to find itself on the other side of an embarrassing output, we have to give credit where credit is due. The Rutgers men’s basketball team took on the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Monday night and ended up taking quite the lead into halftime.

31 points for Rutgers is fine and all, but it’s that EMU number that should really jump out at you. The Eagles scored four points total in the first half, which tied the NCAA mark for fewest points in a half.

The Eagles got on the board at the 14-minute mark thanks to a jumper by Kevin McAdoo. After that, James Thompson IV made a layup at the 5:36 mark. Otherwise, EMU did not score one other basket the entire half.

The ironic part of hitting this record is that the Eagles are now tied with Northern Illinois for the dubious feat, who did it in 2013 against…Eastern Michigan!

Eastern Michigan woke up a little bit in the second half and, at the time of this writing, have passed the 20-point mark on the day with a little over five minutes left in the game. So at least they got progressively better as the night went on. That’s something…right?

And you know, don’t overlook the possibility this is all payback for the way EMU beat Rutgers in football last year in one of the dumbest endings to a game you’ve ever seen.

[Rutgers MBB]

About Sean Keeley

A graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse related things for SB Nation, Neighborhoods.com, 55places.com, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Chicago.