Bill Russell turned 86 today. He led the University of San Francisco to consecutive NCAA titles in 1955 and 1956.
The Dons, who received 33 of 34 first-place votes in the United Press preseason poll, opened the 1955-56 season by hosting USC.
Russell had 24 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in only 25 minutes as USF won, 58-42. The final score was not indicative of the game.
When the 6-foot-9 Russell came out of the game for good with 15 minutes remaining, USF led, 43-18.
At one point, Russell scored 10 straight points and USF raced out to a 16-2 lead. He made 11 of 16 shots in the game.
Jack Dunne, a 6-3 forward, led the Trojans with 11 points and team captain Tony Psaltis added 10.