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Claus Benson
Born (1889-11-15)November 15, 1889
New York City, New York
Nationality American

Claus Dascher "Babe" Benson (November 15, 1889 – ?) was an American basketball player known for his collegiate career at Columbia University in the 1910s.[1] He led the Lions to back-to-back Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League (EIBL) championships in 1910–11 and 1911–12 and was named all-conference both seasons.[1][2] As a senior in 1911–12 Benson was named a NCAA All-American by the Helms Athletic Foundation.[2][3]

Benson served in World War I and returned to his alma mater to coach Columbia for one season (1919–20).[4] He recorded a 4–10 overall record.[5] Benson also served as an assistant coach at Army after Columbia.[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Men's Basketball All-EIL Eastern Intercollegiate League (1904–53)". GoColumbiaLions.com. Columbia University. March 30, 2011. http://www.gocolumbialions.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9600&ATCLID=205126462. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2013–14 Columbia Lions Men's Basketball Guide". GoColumbiaLions.com. Award winners. 2013. http://issuu.com/columbiaathletics/docs/mbb_record_book/60. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  3. "Ivy League Men's Basketball All-Americans". Ivy League. http://archives.ivyleaguesports.com/documents/aa-basketball.asp. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  4. "Benson Selected Basketball Coach of Blue and White". December 6, 1919. p. 14. https://www.newspapers.com/image/79075226. Retrieved February 16, 2015. open access publication - free to read
  5. "Bebe Benson Coaching Record". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/coaches/bebe-benson-1.html. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  6. "Joe Deering May Be Army Court Coach". December 2, 1925. p. 9. https://www.newspapers.com/image/7089745. Retrieved February 16, 2015. open access publication - free to read

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