Southern Illinois stranded overnight

ByANDY KATZ via <a href="http://espn.go.com/video/sportscenter" title="SportCenter" class="espn_sc_byline">SPORTSCENTER </a>
January 05, 2014, 10:40 PM

&#151; -- Southern Illinois' men's basketball team was stranded on Interstate 57 in Illinois because of blinding snow and planned on staying on the bus overnight Sunday, according to SIU athletic director Mario Moccia.

Moccia had been in touch with SIU assistant coach Anthony Beane Sr., who was with the team. SIU head coach Barry Hinson and assistants Terrance McGee and Tom Hankins were not on the bus since they went recruiting following the game against Illinois State.

The Salukis were returning from Normal, Ill., after losing to the Redbirds 66-48, and were two hours out from their home in Carbondale when the bus driver decided to pull over. 

Moccia said the driver pulled off the side of the road and hoped to get a window where he could continue driving. But when the highway cleared a bit the bus was stuck. Attempts were made to get a tow, but I-57 was closed.

"They're warm," Moccia said. "They've got enough gas and food on the bus. The worst-case scenario is they will be there until the highway opens. They'll have to wait for a tow truck to pull them out."

Some of their players tweeted their reactions to being stuck Sunday night:

Somebody come pull Siu's bus out. Currently stranded in the ditch on the interstate somewhere in the champaign area...

— Dawson Verhines (@dverhines24) January 6, 2014

Are we seriously stuck on the side of the road? This can't be life! Pray4Us.. #SIUBB

— Jalen Pendleton (@easymoneyJUICE) January 6, 2014

Stranded on a closed interstate, Stuck in a ditch. Wish us luck.

— Tyler Smithpeters (@Tsmithpeters20) January 6, 2014

So the interstate is closed, yet we're still stuck 3 feet off the road with no help close to champaign? Definitely stranded

— Josh Swan (@JoshSwan_) January 6, 2014

UPDATE: We are in the same exact spot. Have not seen one car pass by the past hour

— Tyler Smithpeters (@Tsmithpeters20) January 6, 2014

@KellyBurkeSprts still stuck. They're saying tow truck could be few more hours but we're warm and safe!

— Dawson Verhines (@dverhines24) January 6, 2014

@KellyBurkeSprts UPDATE: a few whispers of cannibalism as the night grows darker

— Bronson Verhines (@B_Verhines) January 6, 2014

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