The success earned of Georgetown's first NIT team could not have been possible without strong play in the middle, a role ably performed over Hugh Beins' three year career.
One of seven members of the 16-1 freshman team of 1950, Beins found a starting role soon into the 1950-51 season and contributed from the start. He scored a season high 19 points against Mt. St. Mary's and collected double figures in seven of eight game midway in the season. Beins' numbers fell down the stretch as the Hoyas' fortunes did, as the young Georgetown team lost eight straight and finished the season 8-14.
Beins' growth in the frontcourt paralleled the growth of the team. As a junior, Beins matched his 8.7 per game average in 1952, with ten games in double figures and an undetermined number of rebounds, as Georgetown did not record rebound counts until 1954. Two of Beins' big games help steer the Hoya ship towards a winning record--a 15 point game against Catholic ended a three game losing streak in February, while a 12 point effort against LaSalle helped Georgetown earn a 70-68 win, the Hoyas lone win against the Explorers in a seven year run from 1948 through 1955.
For 1953, the seniors put it all together, with Beins leading the way. Beins scored in double figures in 13 of 20 games, with a career high of 23 at Canisius as well as strong efforts against Temple, Virginia, and Fordham, the latter of which was a crucial win to earn the support of the NIT selection committee. Beins followed it up by holding George Washington All-American Joe Holup to nine points in a win in the regular season finale at McDonough Gym. Both were no small feats--Holup is one of only two men in NCAA history to have scored 2,000 points and collect 2,000 rebounds in his career, and this was the only game Holup lost in his career against the Hoyas.
Hugh Beins never lead his team in scoring during a season but was one of the key elements in the Hoyas going from an 8-14 team in 1951 to an NIT bid by his senior season. Selected in the fifth round of the NBA draft, Beins chose a legal career instead, enrolling in law school at GU and serving as freshman basketball coach from 1953 through 1956. A former adjunct professor at the Georgetown Law Center for 29 years, Beins is a labor relations attorney in private practice.