SIUC basketball team derailed because of snow on way home; spends night in central Illinois church

Associated PressJanuary 6, 2014 

— The Southern Illinois University Carbondale men's basketball team is heading back to campus after spending the night on the floor of a central Illinois church.

The Salukis were on their way home to Carbondale after a 66-48 loss at Illinois State when their bus got stuck in snowdrifts on Interstate 57 Sunday evening.

A tow truck pulled the bus from the side the road hours later and the two dozen players and staff members spent the night sleeping in a Tuscola church.

Tom Weber is the school's assistant athletics director for media services. He says the players started traveling again around 6:30 a.m. after stocking up on food But heavy snow in central Illinois meant the bus was only traveling about 15 mph.

He says road conditions are "very, very bad."

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