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Robert Morris freshmen must adapt to road

Three freshmen on the Robert Morris men's team have adapted quickly to their new surroundings and increased expectations.

The only problem is, over the next two weeks, you'll need at least a tank of gas or lots of frequent-flyer miles to see them.

Robert Morris plays its next five games on the road, starting Tuesday at Saint Peter's in Jersey City, N.J.

In the season-opener Friday against Rider at Sewall Center in Moon, Lucky Jones, Brandon Herman and Keith Armstrong made significant contributions in a 83-57 victory.

Jones, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward from Newark, N.J., betrayed his first name, missing 10 of 13 attempts and all four 3-pointers he tried. But he led both teams with 13 rebounds, seven on offense.

Herman, a 6-1 guard from Chattanooga, Tenn., had 11 points, and 6-7 forward Keith Armstrong of Raleigh, N.C., had seven rebounds.

After the Saint Peter's game, Robert Morris visits Philadelphia twice (Penn and La Salle), Harrisonburg, Va., (James Madison) and Petersen Events Center (Pitt).

> > Joe Lunardi, ESPN.com's master bracketologist, will change his NCAA Tournament brackets many times during the season, but his first attempt might suggest good seasons ahead for the Pitt, West Virginia and Robert Morris men's teams. Lunardi has Pitt and Robert Morris in separate 2-15 games, with No. 2 seed Pitt against Bucknell in the Midwest Regional and the Colonials meeting No. 2 Connecticut in the East. Both games would be in Columbus, Ohio. He has West Virginia a No. 9 seed matched against California in the South Regional in Greensboro, N.C. The No. 1 seeds, according to Lunardi, will be Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina and Kentucky.

> > The Pitt women's basketball team started freshmen Brianna Kiesel and Chyna Golden on Saturday in a 60-37 loss to Hampton at Petersen Events Center. It marked the first time Pitt started two freshmen in an opener since 2005, when Marcedes Walker and Karlye Lim did it.

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