Traditionally a good game scoring wise in the world of college basketball comes when a player scored around 20 points, a great game happens when a player scores 30 points, an extraordinary occurs when a player scores 40; but what would it be called when a player drops 138 points? Unbelievable, astonishing, astounding, mind-boggling and unfathomable are all adjectives which could describe such an occurrence. However, the simplest way to term the feat would be record-breaking.
Division III Grinnell College, sophomore guard Jack Taylor did exactly that as his 138 points lead the way in his team’s 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible on Tuesday night.
Taylor’s 138 points topped the previous NCAA single-game scoring record by 25 points which was held by Bevo Francis of Rio Grande (Division II) against Hillsdale in 1954. The Grinnell single-game scoring record was previously held by Griffin Lentsch who scored 89 points against Principia just last year, almost to the day on November 19.
Not only did Taylor set the NCAA mark for most points in a game he also set records for most field goals made in a game (52), most field goal attempts in a game (108), most three point field goals made in a game (27) and most three point attempts in a game (71).
After the game Taylor told the media, “There was a point during the second half where I hit a number of threes in a row — maybe seven or eight — I felt like anything I threw up was going in. I’ve been in the zone before but I’ve never taken so many shots.”
Taylor’s 108 field goal attempts were 80 more than the rest of his entire team attempted at 28. Taylor scored 58 points during the first half and the remaining 80 points after the intermission.
Lost in the hype of Taylor’s amazing night was perhaps a more impressive performance displayed by Faith Baptist Bible’s David Larsen who scored 70 points but on an extremely economical 34-44 form the field.