He's averaged 17.0 points in his last three games, well above his season average of 7.5 points.
That wasn't nearly enough against Michigan State, which moved into the outright Big Ten lead with an 11-3 record, 22-5 overall. The Boilers are 15-11 and 5-8.
The Spartans were 17-for-32 from three-point range.
Here are some of Stephens' thoughts:“It's frustrating. You can't trade baskets with anyone in the Big Ten, especially Michigan State. That's how we got beat. They beat us in transition. Trying to out-shoot them isn't going to win you games.”“I try to be ready off the bench. Do my role. Do whatever it takes for the team to win.”“I was making some shots. That helped us get into a flow. It was one of my better shooting games. It's frustrating – especially on the defensive end. We're a better team than that. All that scoring, it doesn't mean anything to me.”