Ernie Calverley, a star basketball player and coach, died on Sept. 20. Cause of death was not released. He was 79.
The 5-foot 10-inch All-American guard was best known as the player who threw ”the shot heard round the world.” The toss from beyond midcourt at Madison Square Garden tied the University of Rhode Island’s first-round match-up against Bowling Green in 1946. The Rams won the game in overtime, but eventually lost the National Invitation Tournament to Kentucky.
Calverley coached the Rams from 1958 to 1968, and twice led them to the NCAA tournament. He was inducted into the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island and New England sports halls of fame.