Tu Holloway was exhausted.
It all started a couple nights ago, in an effort to get back to Xavier from his home in New York, when the police escorted him to the train station in Hempstead (he didn’t want his grandmother to drive in the snowstorm).
Holloway’s train never made it to Penn Station in New York City and Holloway had to turn back and start over 24 hours later.
Holloway was supposed to board a Greyhound Bus (he said it was “as low as it gets”) around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday night that would take him to Pittsburgh, where he would catch a ride to bring him to Xavier a few hours prior to tip-off 7 p.m. last night against Albany.
The bus didn’t leave on time because the bus driver wasn’t there.
``We had to wait two hours for him,” Holloway said.
The bus – en route to Newark, N.J. - then got stuck in the snow, had a layover in Philadelphia and eventually made its way to Pittsburgh around 10 a.m.
Holloway arrived at 2 p.m. – just as Xavier’s shootaround was beginning.
Five hours later, Holloway was on the court in the easy win over Albany and finished with 11 points (4-of-6 from the field), nine assists and just one turnover in 32 minutes.
``I was a zombie,” Holloway admitted of his play on the court. ``I was sick. My stomach was killing me.”
Holloway had every reason to be run down. It began for Xavier’s star guard on Dec. 22 when he and his teammates traveled back from Gonzaga. He flew to Cincinnati, went to his room to pack and got on the road to Indianapolis – where he flew home to N.Y.
Holloway admitted he stayed out too late while he was back home in an effort to catch-up with family and friends.
Then he wasn’t able to get to Albany – the original plan – where he was slated to join teammate Mark Lyons to get back to Cincinnati.
While Lyons had the opportunity to watch six movies, have spaghetti from Olive Garden for dinner, Holloway said he had an overweight man sleeping on his shoulder for much of the Greyhound bus ride from New York to Pittsburgh.
``I kept waking him up,” Holloway said. ``He was snoring.”
But Holloway wasn’t jealous of Lyons, who had arguably his best game of the season with a career-high six 3-pointers and 18 points.
``I’d do what I did,” Holloway said. ``No disrespect to Albany, but I can’t ride on a bus with them.”