Twitter Reacts: Taylor’s 138-Point Outburst

By Jeff Case

In case you missed it, Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor went off last night, scoring an NCAA-record 138 points in the Pioneers’ 179-104 win over Faith Baptist College. The nitty-gritty details on Taylor’s big night were as follows:

  • Taylor scored 58 of his 138 points by halftime, passing the NCAA Division III record of 89 set last season by teammate Griffin Lentsch.
  • Set NCAA records for field goals (52), field goal attempts (108), 3-pointers made (27) and 3-pointers attempted (71). For a little perspective on the 3-pointers, shooters in the All-Star Weekend’s 3-Point Contest attempt 30 3-pointers per round … so Taylor essentially shot roughly the equivalent of 2 1/2 circuits in the 3-Point Contest.
  • Taylor broke Clarence “Bevo” Francis‘ (we all remember him, don’t we?) record of 113 points that he set back in 1954 as a member of Division II Rio Grande.
  • Taylor surpassed the 100-point mark with 8:55 left in the second half and officially broke Francis’ record with 4:42 remaining off a 3-pointer.

NBA-wise, the two highest scoring efforts ever put forth were by Wilt Chamberlain (100 points vs. the Knicks on March 2, 1962) and Kobe Bryant (81 points vs. the Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006). Once word of Taylor’s exploits spread across social media, NBAers were abuzz and sounded off. Here are some of the best responses around:


  1. dwade and lebrpn says:


  2. JBR says:

    Great achievement, but any player who puts up 108 shots in a 40 minute game needs to have a bit of a look at himself.

    • Tweed8 says:

      Wasn’t really his fault. He was in a shooting slump so, the coach gave him the ball and told him to shoot his way out of the slump and the team will back you up… The kid on the losing team who scored 90 points and 77% shooting… now that’s scary.

  3. Remembers me Drazen Petrovic 112 points game says:

    Drazen Petrovic also had a 112 point game back in Yugoslavian first division

  4. Henry says:

    WOW! Not… Against a school with 330 students that don’t even play in the same division? For whom it counted as an exhibition game? And Grinnell coach using freshmens to stop the clock? They just want to create media attention like they did with two other “record” players. Shame for the sport is what it is.

  5. DB says:

    He is a ball hog if you ask me…

  6. NG says:

    Wow. This record means something. It means he will never make it to the NBA. First of all, as he said, he likes the ball. So what? You wont be able to take 77% of your teams shots in the nba. You wont even be able to take 1% of your teams shots if your coach is smart. Second, he didnt play defense. That alone shows he is not a team player. He didnt care if his team won or lost. He just wanted the record. What a sham. Third, if your player says he wants a record, DONT PLAY HIM! He is obviously a selfish fool so why would you let one player drown your team? If he hadnt made those shots what would have happened? They would have lost, and then we would have had a totally different story. This kid is one of the worst players i have ever seen, and definitely has no respect for anyone but himself.

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