Tuesday night, November 20th, Grinnell guard Jack Taylor managed to shatter the NCAA scoring record with 138 points and 108 shots in Division III Grinnell’s 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible in Grinnell, Iowa.
After a poor shooting this weekend, Taylor, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound sophomore from Black River Falls, made 27 of 71 3-point attempts, 7 free throws on 10 attempts in 36 minutes and 52 of 108 overall from the field.
“It felt like anything I tossed up was going in,” Taylor told The Associated Press.
The previous record was set by Rio Grande’s Bevo Francis during the NCAA in 1954, with 113 points against Hillsdale, who also scored 116 points against Ashland Junior College in 1953. Frank Selvy is the only player to score 100 points and reach triple figures for Division I Furman against Newberry in 1954. Griffin Lentsch was the one who made the previous Grinnell record with 89 points against Principia on November 19th, 2011.
The Pioneers, under the lead of coach David Arseneault, have been the stars for 17 of the past 19 seasons, shooting 3s like nobody else, but none of the players managed to reach Taylor’s success. This weekend, Taylor, who recently transferred to Grinnell, hit only 11 of 41 shots, averaging 23.5 points a game.
“I never heard of nothing like that. That’s like a video game,” said Carmelo Anthony, from the New York Knicks, with an incredulous look on his face. “How can you shoot 100 times, though?”