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Lear inducted into MAC Hall of Fame

Hal Lear has received another prestigious honor.

Lear inducted into MAC Hall of Fame

Temple legend Hal Lear´s jersey number was retired before the Owls´ win over Richmond. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Temple legend Hal Lear's jersey number was retired before the Owls' win over Richmond. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Hal Lear has received another prestigious honor.

The former Temple men’s basketball great was inducted into the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame on Tuesday, four months after the Owls retired his No. 6 jersey.

 Lear is regarded as one of the all-time great basketball players in Temple history. He's one of three Owls to average 20 or more points in two different seasons. As a senior in 1955-56, Lear scored a school single-season record 745 points to average 24 points and lead Temple to its first NCAA Final Four appearance. 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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