"We sagged in the middle of the floor," recalled Calverley recently. "We couldn't talk to the coach on the sidelines as the players do today. Everybody was mumbling together. We finally decided I would throw up a hoper." Calverley explained that a hoper was a long shot "with a lot of prayer on it."
Rhode Island put the ball in play from its own backcourt. It was thrown to Calverley near the Bowling Green free-throw line. He quickly heaved the ball toward the basket at the far end of the court.
"It was a regular two-handed set shot. It might have looked like an underhanded shot to a lot of people because I threw it with a leap, but it wasn't," said Calverley.
The ball had a perfect arch. It was straight enough, and it was high enough. "While it was going through the air," Calverley said, "I was wondering if it had enough distance. What a pleasant sound when it cracked the cords! I was as surprised by it as the next guy."
The ball had traveled almost three quarters the length of the court. It was reported as the "longest, most amazing shot ever made at the Garden." It was later measured, according to Calverley, as 58 feet. It tied the score for the ninth time just as the buzzer sounded.
The overtime period was almost an anticlimax to Calverley's heroic shot. Rhode Island State won 82-79, and six days later nearly pulled off the biggest upset in NIT championship history.