Friday, January 14, 2011
Posted by Titan Sports Blogger
Fifty years ago today Westminster stood tall on a night when the Titans were the main event amongst Pittsburgh's elite college and professional sports teams.
The day was Saturday, Jan. 14, 1961, when the Buzz Ridl-coached Titan basketball team visited the Pitt Field House for the Scoreboard Fund basketball tripleheader for Children's Hospital. A crowd of 5,219 watched three basketball games. In the undercards, Duquesne defeated Carnegie Tech, 84-76, in the opener before the Pittsburgh Steelers footballers edged the World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates baseballers, 23-20, in an exhibition game.
Then there was the main event.
An undersized Westminster team upset the heavily-favored Pitt Panthers, 76-51. After trailing 14-7 early, the Titans used a fast-breaking style of offense to take a 37-26 halftime lead. In the second half, the Titans dictated the style of play, reverting back to a half-court, ball-control style on offense and smothering the Panthers on the defensive end. Leading 54-43, the Titans went on a 10-0 run to seal the win.
The New Castle News said the Titans won by "sheer hustle."
Ron Galbreath led all scorers with 28 points, including a perfect 10-10 from the foul line, and Jack Steele and Warren Sallade each contributed with 17. Here is a photo of the starting five from that team, left to right, Galbreath, Steele, Stephen Stolarik, Sallade and Bill Douds.
The win improved Westminster's record to 10-2 before the Titans finished with a 23-5 record, which included an 88-68 win over Pitt in New Wilmington later in the season.