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In the News: 1955-1956

 

From the Daily Pennsylvanian, Thursday, January 12, 1956:

 

Hal Lear Nets 37 as Temple Tops Villanova

 

"King" Hal Lear and the Temple Thunderbolts struck like lightning at the Palestra last night to defeat a stubborn Villanova quintet, 80-73, and cement their ranking among the nation's top basketball teams.

The former Overbrook High star, who totaled 37 points, sent Temple off on an early basket barrage that tamed the Wildcats and rocketed the score to 18-4.

The Owls kept pumping away at the nets, and Lear continued to harass Villanova. At the end of ten minutes of play, Temple enjoyed a 31-22 bulge, and Lear had accounted for 17.

But the Wildcats began to pull Temple out of its zone and time after time tossed the ball to Jim Fahey, 6"5 pivotman, for easy baskets. The big redhead tallied 18 points in the first half to pull Villanova even with the Owls, 42-42 at intermission. Alan Griffith began to connect on long one-handers as Villanova pulled ahead, 68-66, but Temple shot back into the lead at 70-69. The Wildcats tied it at 70, but Temple dumped in seven straight points to provide the clincher.