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RAY SWANSON | Keystoner NCAA championship game a little boring



Published: Sun, April 14, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



National Championship?

By whose standards?

It was a good thing that Maryland and Indiana met in the title game on April 1, an appropriate day for such a sub-par performance. I had little interest in the clash this year, other than it was the NCAA's championship and the Terps were going for their first ever NCAA crown. The Hoosiers had been there and done that five previous times and it was time to root for some new blood in the throne room.

After a list-less first half I thought of changing channels. I went to the fridge, made a snack, poured something to drink and returned to the game.

The score was 25-18 Maryland in front when I headed for the kitchen. When I returned the score was 25-18 Maryland. Neither team had scored a point in almost six minutes of basketball.

Sloppy play: Along with the lack of scoring, there were numerous turnovers by both teams, poor shot selections, forced shots and poor foul shooting. No wonder Terps' coach Gary Williams and Hoosier pilot Mike Davis were drained at game's conclusion.

Williams' agony was less telling as his Terps managed to hang on for a 62-50 triumph.

I realize it's easy to sit back and criticize but neither of these two championship teams lived up to their expectations. In fact it made one wonder how they got this far at all. I can never remember an NCAA Championship contested so subpar.

That contest brought to an end my basketball season. Can't get too interested in the NBA. Bring on the Pirates. Now there's another kind of frustration.

Galbreath to retire: Dr. Ron Galbreath and Westminster College are parting company.

The Titans' men's cross country coach and professor of physical education, Galbreath will retire from the college at the conclusion of the 2001-02 academic year. He will assume the position of head women's basketball coach at Geneva College in Beaver Falls during the 2002-03 academic year.

Galbreath has the longest tenure in one sport of any coach in the Titan athletic department, having served as men's cross country coach since 1974. He was best known, however, as former men's basketball coach at Westminster, compiling a career record of 448-206 in 25 seasons.

Combined with a 75-41 record in five seasons at Clarion, he has a career collegiate basketball record 523-247.

"While we are sorry to see Ron leave, we are grateful for his nearly 30 years of service to Westminster College and wish him the very best in the future," said Westminster President R. Thomas Williamson.

Callier named: George Junior Republic's 6-6 shooting guard, Benson Callier, has been named to the Associated Press Pennsylvania Big School (Class AAAA-Class AA) boys all-state high school basketball team.

The sharp-shooting senior averaged 17 points per game and 10 rebounds. He is presently being considered at Cincinnati and Youngstown State University.




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