La Salle notes: Peterson sick, Galloway 'antsy'

Minutes before La Salle’s 51-44 loss to Robert Morris on Friday afternoon, D.J. Peterson was vomiting due to a case of food poisoning, said head coach John Giannini.

The freshman guard played just 7 minutes, far less than the 21.25 minutes he averaged in the team’s first three games. He didn’t score a point and grabbed one rebound on Saturday at the Palestra.

Along with Peterson being ill, Giannini said junior guard Ramon Galloway was “antsy” in his first game back from the concussion he suffered in the season opener on Nov. 11. Galloway finished Saturday with eight points and a fancy first-half dunk in 16 minutes played.

A nice return. For the second time in a week, the Colonial’s Velton Jones played in front of his hometown crowd. A North Catholic product and North Philly-native, Jones finished with a team-high 14 points against La Salle.

Last Saturday night, Robert Morris lost to Penn, 66-60, and the junior guard finished with a team-high 16 points. After the win over La Salle, Jones said he felt comfortable then he did against Penn.

“Come home to get a win, it feels good,” said Jones.

Before the loss to Penn, Jones’ last visit to the Palestra was a 51-45 win in the 2008 Catholic League Championship, as North knocked off Archbishop Ryan. Jones is one of four local players on Robert Morris.

Notes. La Salle will be back at the Palestra on Saturday at 4:30 against Rider and Penn will host James Madison at 7…In their last seven games at the Palestra, La Salle is 5-2…La Salle is the third City Six team that Rider has played this season, already losing at home to both Penn and Drexel…On Friday, Rider lost to James Madison, 86-69, at the Palestra…The Broncs have eight players from Philly-area high schools, including the Catholic League’s all-time scorer, senior guard Jeff Jones, who is playing his first year after transferring from Virginia.

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