Stephens reaches 1,000 points in victory
PRINCETON >> Myles Stephens checked off a milestone on opening night.
The Princeton senior scored 21 points to become the 35th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone and the Tigers cruised past Division III DeSales, 8551, on Friday night.
Stephens, the Lawrenceville native, needed 21 points to reach 1,000 and got it with a 3-pointer from the left corner with 7:08 remaining in the game.
“It’s special because of that and I’ve got a lot of friends and family here for that reason,” Stephens said. “It’s a nice little milestone to check off your list right before you leave a place like this.”
Coach Mitch Henderson was most impressed that he did it on a 3-pointer, an area of his game he’s worked hard to improve. After attempting just 31 triples as a freshman, he’s made 34 and 40, respectively over the last two seasons and shot 41.2 percent last year.
“I don’t know how many 3s he made his freshman year, but he’s made such big progress,” Henderson said. “Everything we’ve asked him to do, he’s done it. He’s the lone minutes returner and with Devin (Cannady) out the last couple weeks, he’s been asked to do so much in terms of leadership.”
Stephens said he knew he was close to the milestone in the second half and Henderson asked him if he wanted to go back in and go for it at home.
“I played 10 minutes a game as a freshman, so I didn’t think that would happen,” Stephens said. “There have been a lot of great players before me who got 1,000. As a junior and then a senior, I got closer and it became a thing. Devin got his and he was kind of chirping me all week about it, so I was thinking about it.”
Freshman Drew Friberg added 13 points and junior Richmond Aririguzoh had 10 for the Tigers (1-0), who travel to Lehigh next Friday. of them can return soon, although Cannady looks closer than Llewellyn, who was still on crutches.
“Devin’s got a high hamstring thing,” Henderson said. “He probably could have played, but we’re keeping a close eye on him.”
Cannady avenged 16.7 points and shot 39.4 percent from beyond the arc as a junior.
Llewellyn is a four-star recruit, who is expected to start at point guard when healthy.
“I thought we had a nice performance from the guys who filled in for them, but we’re hoping (they’re) back soon,” Henderson said.