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Duquesne’s 30-hour bus ride finally comes to an end

Jim Ferry

Duquesne men’s NCAA college basketball coach Jim Ferry speaks to reporters during Atlantic 10 media day in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


More than 30 hours after they began their trek from Fairfax, Virginia to Pittsburgh, the Duquesne men’s basketball program finally made it back to the Steel City.

This was a wild situation for Jim Ferry’s team, which beat George Mason in overtime Friday afternoon. With the game tipping off at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, the hope was that they’d be able to beat out Winter Storm Jonas and get back home before conditions got too nasty.

Unfortunately for Duquesne their bus was stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike some 80 miles away from home...and they didn’t move for 22 hours. The bus had plenty of gas so they were able to keep it running and heated, and managers made a food run Saturday afternoon. Eventually some players, coaches and support staff members were able to provide the final push needed to get the bus moving.

As one would expect, the travel party was thrilled with the fact that the bus was finally moving. The Duquesne Dukes were on their way last.

30 hours and 24 minutes after the trip from Fairfax to Pittsburgh began, Duquesne was finally back on campus.