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Temple to retire Hal Lear's jersey number

Temple will retire Hal Lear's his number six jersey during a halftime ceremony of the Owls' game against Richmond on Jan. 30 at the Liacouras Center.

Temple to retire Hal Lear's jersey number

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Temple will retire Hal Lear's his number six jersey during a halftime ceremony of the Owls' game against Richmond on Jan. 30 at the Liacouras Center.

Lear is regarded as one of the best men's basketball players in the history of Temple's program.  The former Overbrook High great is one of three Owls to average 20 or more points in two different seasons. As a senior in 1955-56, the guard scored a school single-season record 745 points while averaging 24 points per game.

In 79 career games, he produced 1,472 points for an average of 19 points. The two-time NABC all-District selection was picked by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1956 NBA Draft.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

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