Snow-stranded Dukes ‘came a long way’


At 4:30 p.m. Friday, the Duquesne men's basketball team departed Fairfax, Va., following an 86-75 victory against George Mason. And shortly after the bus backed out of the lot, Jim Ferry, the Dukes' coach, was feted one final time by his assistants and players for the game ball he'd just received for his 300th career victory.

It might have been hard to envision at that moment how anything related to the return trip could ruin that.

And sure enough, even in the face of 32 people being trapped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike amid two feet of snow, stuck behind a jackknifed tractor-trailer and having to trudge back and forth over many miles for basic essentials over a span of 30 hours and 24 minutes ... well, somehow, nothing did ruin that.

Because, to see and hear these individuals disembarking that bus at 10:46 p.m. Saturday outside the A.J. Palumbo Center on campus, it was immediately evident that an experience that could have demoralized this group instead strengthened it.

“We came a long way as a team, and what made the trip a lot better was getting the win on the road," senior guard Micah Mason managed to say through half-closed lids. "That would have been terrible to come back with a loss.”

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