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: