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Snow Daze


LAST TUESDAY, DUQUESNE'S men's basketball team flew from Pittsburgh to Virginia for games against VCU and George Mason. The flight took one hour. The Dukes planned to drive back after Friday's game, against the Patriots, a trip that usually takes four hours. Instead, winter storm Jonas dumped three feet of snow on the area, leaving their bus stuck for 22 hours on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

4:30 p.m., Friday The Dukes leave Fairfax fresh off an 86--75 win at George Mason. The game had been moved up a day in anticipation of the storm.

9:15 p.m. Their bus gets stuck between Bedford and Somerset, Pa., 80 miles from campus.

11:20 p.m. As players pass time by playing Heads-up, an iPhone game similar to charades, a Twitter poll suggests that the team's walk-ons get out and push the bus.

10:30 a.m., Saturday The Dukes hang out on the also-stuck bus of a group of Iowa middle schoolers.

11:45 a.m. A local fire department arrives via ATV to deliver bottles of water.

12:30 p.m. Coaches walk to an overpass hoping to get pizza dropped down by a local store. The plan fails.

1 p.m. EMS drives the coaches to a grocery store to stock up on food and water for the players and the kids from Iowa.

7:29 p.m. The bus starts to move after players use pizza boxes and garbage cans to shovel snow.

7:35 p.m. The bus gets stuck again.

7:40 p.m. The bus rolls again, leaving the turnpike and backtracking to take a different route.

10:54 p.m. The Dukes arrive on campus.