Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor Scores NCAA Record with 138 Points [Video]

The Division III guard shattered the NCAA scoring record with 138 points, hoisting a mind-boggling 108 attempts – or one shot every 20 seconds – in eclipsing the previous record by 25 points.


Scoring 20 points in a college basketball game is good. Scoring 30 is really good. Scoring 138 points? That’s science fiction — or at least it was until Tuesday night, when Jack Taylor of tiny Division III Grinnell College produced hands-down the most eye-popping stat line in hoops history.

The Grinnell College sophomore guard scored record 138 points during the Pioneers’ 179-104 win Tuesday night against Faith Baptist Bible College in an Iowa-school Division III matchup.

Taylor was having a hard time processing his feat.  Jack commented on his small achievement after the game: “I don’t think reality has really set in yet. I think it definitely will in the next few days. I can’t really get my mind around it right now.”

Taylor, a 5-10, 170-pound guard from Black River Falls, Wisconsin, shot 52-of-108 from the field, 27-of-71 from 3-point range, and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line to finish with the historic 138 points says the USA Today.

Just think about it, Taylor played 36 minutes in the game against Faith Baptist Bible, so he scored 3.8 points per minute and took a shot every 20 seconds.

The Division III guard shattered the NCAA scoring record with 138 points, hoisting a mind-blowing 108 attempts – or one shot every 20 seconds – in eclipsing the previous record by 25 points.

The website reports, that in 1954 Rio Grande’s Bevo Francis held the NCAA scoring record with 113 points against Hillsdale. Then 1953, Francis had 116 against Ashland Junior College. Frank Selvy is the only other player to reach triple figures, scoring 100 points for Division I Furman against Newberry in 1954.

The previous Grinnell record was single-game scoring record with 89 points by Griffin Lentsch last Nov. 19 against Principia. Lentsch came off the bench to score seven points Tuesday.

“He could have thrown it up with one hand and it would have gone in by the end of the game,” coach David Arseneault said.

Taylor recently transferred to Grinnell, located about 50 miles east of Des Moines, where he played one season for Wisconsin-La Crosse. He struggled in his debut at the nearby Wartburg Tournament over the weekend by hitting only 11 of 41 shots — including only 6 of 34 3-point attempts still, he averaged 23.5 points a game, says

Some of NBA players rushed to congratulate Taylor via Twitter.

Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ superstar, was impressed by Taylor’s performance and said after Los Angeles’ victory over the Nets: “That’s crazy, man. I don’t care what level you’re at. Scoring 138 points is pretty insane.” Bryant himself has an 81-point game, and is considered to be the second-best in NBA history, on his resume.

Also, Oklahoma City Thunder star, Kevin Durant tweeted: “Jack Taylor you deserve a shot of Jack Daniels after that performance lol…wow.”

The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony was stunned when he heard the news after his team’s victory over the New Orleans Hornets

Unfortunately, not everyone online is impressed with the achievement. Many sports experts and sideline observers consider the record an irrelevant sham because it came via what the popular sports blog Deadspin called “a complete bastardization of basketball.”

Still Jack Taylor it was a life changing moment and a possibly to show himself to the world of sport.

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