Ernest A. "Ernie" Calverley
(January 30 1924
in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
– September 20
) was an American basketball
guard for the University of Rhode Island
. His famous "shot heard round the world," a midcourt shot at Madison Square Garden
in the National Invitation Tournament
, helped get the Rams into the NIT final against the University of Kentucky
, which URI lost.
Calverley led the Basketball Association of America in assists in the league's first year, while playing for the Providence Steamrollers. He later returned to URI to coach the Rams.
Ernie was known as "The Spendid Splinter" of basketball.