Ernie Calverley

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Ernie Calverley
No. 3
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1924-01-30)January 30, 1924
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Died September 20, 2003(2003-09-20) (aged 79)
Providence, Rhode Island
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 145 lb (66 kg)
Career information
High school Pawtucket (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)
College Rhode Island (1943–1946)
Pro career 1946–1949
Career history
19461949 Providence Steamrollers
Career highlights and awards

Ernest A. "Ernie" Calverley (January 30, 1924 – September 20, 2003) was an American basketball guard for the University of Rhode Island. His famous "shot heard round the world," a midcourt shot, as time expired at Madison Square Garden in the National Invitation Tournament against Bowling Green State University to tie the game and send it to overtime. URI would win 82-79 in overtime to send them to the semifinal round. The Rams would eventually lose in the NIT final against Adolph Rupp's Kentucky Wildcats.

Calverley led the Basketball Association of America in assists per game in the league's first and second years, while playing for the Providence Steamrollers. In his rookie season, Calverley was selected to the All-BAA Second Team. After playing three seasons in the BAA, Caverley retired. He later returned to URI to coach the Rams and led them to two NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament appearances.[1]


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