How did Grinnell’s Jack Taylor wind up with 138 points in a game?
Well, he did miss 56 shots, more than he made. And he didn’t play for four minutes.
Otherwise he would have scored even more.
As it was, Taylor shattered the NCAA scoring record by 25 points Tuesday night in the Pioneers’ 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible in Grinnell, Iowa.
Taylor hoisted a mind-boggling 108 shots, one every 20 seconds. Layups, fadeaways and three-pointers (27 of those) were all working in a display that had the NBA’s basketball royalty buzzing a day later, from Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant to Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.
It’s unbelievable, honestly, James said. There’s two games that I would love to see: One was Wilt, when he had 100, and this kid, I want to see him, too. Sir Jack.
Wilt Chamberlin’s record of 100 points scored in 1962 still stands as the NBA mark. Taylor was the third player in NCAA basketball with at least 100 points, but his was the most prolific.
Taylor himself was still trying to catch his breath Wednesday.
Honestly, it’s still not settling in. It was hard to sleep, Taylor said after appearing on Good Morning America and the Today show.
Understandably so. Taylor is just a 5-foot-10, 170-pound sophomore from Black River Falls, Wis. How did he score more points than anyone in college history?
Well, he had 58 at halftime. And then he scored 30 more in the first nine minutes of the second half, draining seven straight threes at one point.
Taylor made 27 of his 71 three-point attempts and was 52 of 108 overall.
Grinnell’s goal is to shoot within 12 seconds of getting the ball. The Pioneers also press on defense, hoping to force a turnover or a quick shot so they can get back to scoring more points.