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Calverley, former URI basketball star and coach, dies at 79

Updated: October 22, 2003, 6:07 PM ET
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Ernie Calverley, who starred as a basketball player for the University of Rhode Island and later coached the Rams to the NCAA tournament, died Monday after a brief illness. He was 79.

Nicole Gustin, a Rhode Island Hospital spokeswoman, confirmed the death.

Calverley was best known as the player who hit "the shot heard round the world," a buzzer-beating heave from beyond midcourt at Madison Square Garden that tied Rhode Island's first-round game against Bowling Green ...

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