SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- George Blagojevic had career-highs with 28 points -- on 11-of-14 shooting -- and 14 rebounds and Hartford beat Bryant 91-74 on Wednesday night.
Blagojevic posted his second career double-double and the Hawks never trailed. Hartford led 15-12 then Jason Dunne, Travis Weatherington and Tanner Johnson made 3-pointers and Romain Boxus added a layup to make it 23-17. Hartford proceeded to outscore the Bulldogs 22-3 over the next seven minutes and the Hawks led by 25 with a pair of Blagojevic foul shots with 2:28 before halftime.
Hartford led 48-28 at halftime and Bryant never managed to get its deficit to within single digits for the remainder.
Dunne scored 21 points for Hartford (4-7) and distributed nine assists. J.R. Lynch scored 15 with eight assists and Weatherington scored 10.
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