On Sunday, St. Andrew's alum Myles Stephens '15 led Princeton to clinch the inaugural Ivy League men's basketball tournament title, giving the team an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Stephens was named Most Outstanding Player in the conference tournament, having led scoring in both the semifinal game against Penn on Saturday and in the championship game against Yale on Sunday. Against Penn, Stephens tied the game with a putback with five seconds left on the clock, then scored the first four points in overtime, helping to secure the win. Against Yale, Stephens scored a career-best 23 points.
"Myles is quietly one of the biggest forces in the league," said Princeton Head Coach Mitch Henderson after Sunday's game. "Our success was Myles playing more minutes. He brings a lot to the table and when he's going we're very good."
"He's a silent assassin," conccurred Yale Head Coach James Jones.
Last week, Stephens was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, having averaged 15.4 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game in Princeton's 14 conference victories (Princeton had an undefeated conference record for the season). In mid-January, Stephens had been named Ivy League Player of the Week after matching and then topping his previous single-game scoring bests in a weekend sweep of Brown and Yale.
This is the first year of the Ivy League conference tournament, the winner of which receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. (Prior to 2017, the Ivy League gave its NCAA bid to the team with the best regular-season record, with Princeton going to the NCAA tournament three times since the 1999-2000 season.)On Thursday afternoon, Stephens will play for Princeton in Buffalo, New York against Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
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