A New NCAA Basketball Scoring Record As Jack Taylor Of Grinnell Scores 138 Points In One Game
I have never heard of Grinnell College and after probably won’t again until someone brings up this record, but Grinnell is in the record books as is Jack Taylor who scored 138 points in one game. Taylor took 108 shots (isn’t that a record?) leading Grinnell to a Div III 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible on Tuesday night.
Grinnell is a division III school located in Grinnell, Iowa. Taylor is 5-10, 170 lb guard from Wisconsin. Think he will have a story or four to share around his Thanksgiving table in the future!
Taylor had been struggling recently with his shot. He is a recent transfer from Wisconsin-La Crosse. Over last weekend Taylor couldn’t find his shot and he took plenty of them in a tournament the past weekend hitting just 11 of 41 shots, and just 6 of 34 shots from the three point area.
Taylor’s Grinnell club has led the nation in scoring 17 of the past 19 years and has ranked first in three point shooting 15 of the past 19 seasons under coach Jack Arseneault. His teams press from the moment they get off the bus. He makes former NBA, WNBA, and college coach Paul Westhead look mild.
After his struggles over the weekend in the Wartburg tournament his coach told him to keep shooting. He certainly listened to his coach to the fullest. Taylor had 58 points at the half. He kept shooting, and shooting and shooting.
In the second half Taylor attempted 58 shots and made 32. From the three point stripe he attempted 18 shots. Taylor averaged over four points per minute in the second half.
What is also lost on this historic night was the performance of one of Taylor’s beaten opponents. Faith Baptist was led by David Larson who hit 34 of his 44 shots and scored 70 points.
The previous record that Taylor shattered was held by Bevo Francis of Rio Grande who poured in 113 points back in 1954. That game came against Hillsdale. The only other triple digit game recorded in college ball was back in 1954 as Frank Selvy who scored 100 points in a division I game for Furman University against Newberry.