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 home…at last.
30 hours and 24 minutes after the trip from Fairfax to Pittsburgh began, Duquesne was finally back on campus.
Charles Cooke scored 21 points to lead the way offensively for the Dayton Flyers, as they won their Atlantic 10 opener at Duquesne by the final score of 66-58. Cooke was the lone Flyer to score in double figures on an afternoon in which their defense was the story of the game. Dayton limited Duquesne to 32.7 percent shooting from the field and forced 18 turnovers, converting those mistakes into 18 points on the other end.
Dayton wasn’t much better offensively, shooting 36.5 percent, but their ability to manufacture points through their defense made the difference. Duquesne’s Derrick Colter, the team’s leading scorer on the season, led Jim Ferry’s Dukes with 14 points but he did not have his best day. Colter shot 2-for-12 from the field and committed eight turnovers, with Dayton’s guards making things difficult for him throughout.
Dayton reserves Darrell Davis and Sam Miller scored nine points apiece, and Dyshawn Pierre grabbed ten rebounds in his second game of the season for the 11-2 Flyers.
POSTERIZED: Duquesne’s TySean Powell dunks on overmatched defender in Ireland
Jim Ferry’s Duquesne Dukes are one of many teams taking summer trips to foreign countries this summer, as they’re currently taking in the sights and playing some exhibition games in Ireland. And during the team’s 100-54 victory over the Neptune Basketball Club Saturday, the opposition learned a lesson about challenging 6-foot-6 forward TySean Powell at the rim.
Powell threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk over a Neptune defender who looked to be caught deciding whether to take the charge or challenge the dunk. Give the man credit for not running out of the way at least.
And what makes this dunk even better? Watch the reaction of the fan in the white polo at the bottom of the screen. That’s not a Ric Flair walk, but it’s pretty doggone good (the referee on the baseline had a solid reaction as well).