The Owls kicked off their 20th season in the Liacouras Center with a 97-92 overtime victory against Big 5 rival La Salle on Friday night.
This offseason, the junior forward worked on adding more weapons to his already versatile game.
Junior forward Obi Enechionyia is the only returning player who averaged more than 10 points per game last season.
The sophomore center is fully recovered from the right meniscus he tore as a high school senior.
Senior guard Josh Brown is making his way back to the court after surgery on his Achilles tendon.
The men’s and women’s basketball programs kicked off their seasons on Cherry and White Night Thursday at the Liacouras Center.
The basketball teams will host Cherry and White Night on Thursday at the Liacouras Center with two weeks before the start of the regular season.
Sophomore guard Trey Lowe will not play in the 2016-17 season after getting injured in a car accident in February.
Will Cummings and Quenton DeCosey were both named to the San Antonio Spurs 14-man roster for the Utah Jazz Summer League.
Several took to Twitter to show their appreciation for Lear, who is one of four men's basketball players to have his number retired by Temple.