1981 - UC San Diego Tritons men’s basketball team wins the NCAA Division III championship.

In 1981, the UC San Diego Tritons men’s basketball team won the NCAA Division III championship, becoming the first UCSD team to win a national championship. The Tritons, led by head coach Bill Mulligan, defeated Widener University 80-78 in the championship game, with senior guard Dennis Kane hitting the game-winning shot with just two seconds remaining. The team finished the season with a 25-6 record and Kane was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player. The championship victory helped put UC San Diego on the map as a legitimate contender in the Division III ranks.