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Hartford vs. Providence recap: Friars defeat Hawks behind Kris Dunn's triple-double

Dunn notched his second career triple-double as the Friars move to 7-1.

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In each of the previous two seasons, the Providence Friars have won their first six games before losing their seventh.

Last season, the Friars lost to the Kentucky Wildcats to fall to 6-1, this season they lost to the Michigan State Spartans.

The difference? Last season's first loss was followed up by a pair of additional losses. That won't be the case for the Friars this season, as they took care of business against the Hartford Hawks Wednesday night, winning by a score of 89-66.

The biggest story of the night? Providence guard Kris Dunn recorded his second career triple-double. Dunn had 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists, the latter of which tied a career high.

Dunn's triple-double was just the 11th in Providence history. Dunn also had the 10th triple-double in school history when, this past January, he recorded a triple-double against the DePaul Blue Demons.

In addition to Dunn's historic night, Ben Bentil picked up right where he left off in the Wooden Legacy. Bentil led all Friar scorers with 21 points on 9-12 shooting, to go along with his six rebounds. If Bentil can continue to play at this level, he and Dunn will be one of the most potent 1-2 punches in the Big East.

Hartford was led in scoring by Jalen Ross, who finished with 21 points.

Up next for the 23rd-ranked Friars, they'll take a short trip from Providence to Kingston to take on the Rhode Island Rams. The Rams are 5-2 on the season, which is a respectable record considering they lost leading returning scorer E.C. Matthews just 10 minutes into the season.