Stephens’ career has not been the most prolific, but his dedication to his game and the team have been consistent. He set the mark with one of the better games of his career, scoring 16 points with 4-for-7 shooting from 3-point range along with nine rebounds and three assists against one turnover in 37 minutes of play.
Like the team’s tying the home wins record, Stephens has been advantaged by the schedule and its length. For example, Mackey appeared in all 130 games of his career (1989-93), but Tech played in 20 postseason games (including the ACC tournament). The NIT game Tuesday was Stephens’ 10th postseason game.
Regardless, Stephens has been consistent and durable enough to be invariably available to his team over a four-year period.