The Citadel basketball team broke its 17-game losing streak last week with an 81-71 victory over Samford, inspiring the small group of cadets in attendance to storm the McAlister Field House court.

More surprisingly, the 1953-54 Citadel basketball team put an end to its alleged 16-game losing streak last week as well.

As setbacks for this year's Bulldogs kept coming, it was repeatedly reported that they were closing on the school record for futility set by the '53-'54 team. That's because, according to game-by-game results in the school's media guide, that squad lost 16 straight.

But Citadel alum George Orrell spotted that as an erroneous statistic. And he should know, since he played on that team 60 seasons ago.

Though the Bulldogs finished a dismal 2-18 that season, they did post a midseason triumph over Davidson College, neatly breaking up a long skid. The media guide mistakenly recorded that outcome as a Citadel defeat.

In contrast, the current batch of Bulldogs finished the regular season at a lowly 6-25.

But they do have some positive momentum going into Friday's first-round Southern Conference tournament game against UNC Greensboro in Asheville.

The suddenly resurgent Bulldogs followed up their success against Samford with an 80-63 rout of Georgia Southern at McAlister on Saturday.

And presumably, if the 2073-74 Citadel Bulldogs hit a rough stretch that threatens to break the school's losing-streak record, that season's media guide will give the 2013-14 squad fair credit for all of its victories.