Stephens reaches 1,000 points in vic­tory

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Kyle Franko kfranko@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kj_franko on Twit­ter

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.

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