Grinnell College's Jack Taylor Breaks Single-Game NCAA Scoring Record

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 20, 2012

Photo Credit: Grinnell Athletics, via
Photo Credit: Grinnell Athletics, via

Sophomore guard Jack Taylor of Division III Grinnell College (Iowa) scored 138 points in the Pioneers' 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible on Tuesday night, shattering the NCAA record, via

Taylor, who went 52-of-108 from the floor, 27-of-71 from downtown and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line, eclipsed the NCAA record of 113 points set by Rio Grande's Bevo Francis in 1954.

Taylor took 108 of Grinnell's 136 shot attempts in the game, per Aaron Levin was second on the team with six shot attempts.

Reuben Frank of added:

If Jack Taylor made all his shots, he would have scored 287 points.

— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) November 21, 2012


The high scorer on the losing side, David Larson, racked up 70 points on 34-of-44 shooting. Taylor's record-breaking performance comes one year and one day after his teammate, Griffin Lentsch, set the Division III scoring record with 89 points against Principia. 

Lentsch wound up with a grand total of seven points on Tuesday night.

Frank Selvy of Furman set the D-I record with 100 points against Newberry College in 1954. The NBA record is held by Wilt Chamberlain, who also scored 100 points in 1962 against the New York Knicks when he was with the Philadelphia Warriors.

While this is Division III, dropping 138 points in a single game is nonetheless astounding and hard to even fathom. Taylor destroyed an NCAA record that had stood since the early 1950s.

To those who witnessed the historic performance, it must have seemed like watching someone playing a video game with the defense set on "easy" and the offense maxed out.

On the other hand, scoring 138 points with one player in a video game isn't easy to do, either.

Stories like these don't even seem real, but it was real to everyone who watched it happen—NBA players included.

Former NBA forward Donyell Marshall is concerned about Taylor's health after shooting that much:

This is crazy.Hope he iced his arms after game.Div. III guard nets 138 points for scoring mark…

— Donyell Marshall (@Dmarsh42) November 21, 2012

Reigning scoring champion Kevin Durant just thinks Taylor deserves to celebrate:

Jack Taylor you deserve a shot of Jack Daniels after that performance

— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) November 21, 2012

Atlanta Hawks forward Anthony Tolliver informed us of Taylor's new season average:

This dude now averages 61ppg after that #138pointsin1game performance hahaha

— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) November 21, 2012

Phoenix Suns point guard Kendall Marshall was more impressed with Faith Baptist Bible's David Larson:

Hollllll up, kid on the other team was 34-44 and had 70. WAY more impressive!…

— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) November 21, 2012

Houston Rockets center Cole Aldrich was simply impressed by Taylor's propensity for shooting the rock:

138 points is impressive but I think shooting 108 times (71 3 pointers) is more impressive. #throwemup

— Cole Aldrich (@colea45) November 21, 2012

In one night, a Division III guard went from regular player to legend. When NBA players are tweeting about you, it's safe to say you accomplished something noteworthy.


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