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Beenders played in NBA forerunner

Updated: October 27, 2003, 8:52 PM ET
Associated Press

SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- Henry Beenders, the Dutch-born center on Long Island University's NIT championship team in 1941, has died. He was 87.

Beenders died Saturday at Somerset Medical Center. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Beenders was the captain of the Blackbirds in the 1941-42 season under Hall of Fame coach Clair Bee.

He turned pro after the war and played for the Providence Steam Rollers, the Philadelphia Warriors and the Boston Celtics in the Basketball Association ...

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