College player scores 138 points in game

Jack Taylor took 108 shots, 71 from 3-point range. (AP Photo)

Jack Taylor took 108 shots, 71 from 3-point range. (AP Photo)

Move over, Bevo Francis.

The 58-year-old NCAA record of 113 points by a single player in a college basketball game came crashing down Tuesday night as Grinnell College guard Jack Taylor poured in 138 points in a game against Faith Baptist Bible.

The Division III star put up 108 shots, 71 of them from 3-point range. Grinnell won the game between the two Iowa schools 179-104.

“There was a point during the second half where I hit a number of threes in a row — maybe seven or eight — I felt like anything I threw up was going in,” Taylor told the Associated Press. “I’ve been in the zone before but I’ve never taken so many shots.”

Francis, of Rio Grande, had held the NCAA scoring record with 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954.

Taylor told interviewers he didn’t known how many points he had scored at halftime, but thought it was around 30.

“Coach walked in with a stat sheet and said I had 58,” Taylor said. “You could see the team’s eyes light up.”

At game’s end, Taylor was 52-for-108 and 27-for-71 from the 3-point line; nobody’s reporting how many assists he had.

Taylor said he and some teammates met for a pregame devotional that focused on Matthew 25, which contains the parable of the talents.

“I gotta thank the man upstairs,” Taylor said. “I was able to multiply my talents tonight.”

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dawg44

November 21st, 2012
6:53 am

first! and Happy Thanksgiving young man!!

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Blake Boozer

November 21st, 2012
7:18 am

Pass the damn ball,there is a reason,why that record stood for 54 years.

Kirby Smart

November 21st, 2012
7:18 am

Bama is #1…just ask my puppet master, Nick Satan.

Momma

November 21st, 2012
7:32 am

No where did I see a score. Pass the ball, last time I checked basketball was still a 5 person sport. Really coach???

Lokesh c m

November 21st, 2012
7:45 am

Hy I woint you the chanpion

kpd

November 21st, 2012
7:46 am

The score is right there in the second paragraph. They won by 75 points. Explain to us exactly why he needed to pass? So his less talented teammates could get a few extra shots to make themselves feel better?

alan

November 21st, 2012
7:53 am

“At game’s end, Taylor was 52-for-108 and 27-for-71 from the 3-point line; nobody’s reporting how many assists he had.”

Probably a pretty good assumption that he didn’t have many assists. In this 75 point win, maybe the backup guard was hoping for some playing time. Maybe “the man upstairs” would have been more pleased if one of the other players on the team was able to play in the game and maybe score a basket and Mr. Taylor passed on his 137th and 138th point. And even if that player didn’t score, maybe a 73 point win would have been OK too. Somehow, not so much to celebrate here. As someone posted above, “Really coach?”

Andre

November 21st, 2012
7:58 am

First thought here is “OMG BALL HOG!!” But like most college coaches say “FEED THE HOT HAND.”

kpd

November 21st, 2012
8:01 am

And his teammates get to say they were part of that game. They play for Grinnell, not Duke or UNC. Its not like they have national titles or professional careers to look forward to. I’m sure the backups weren’t on the bench complaining about lack of playing time. No, that’s the kind of stuff whiny parents of backups do.

Jack W. Bruce

November 21st, 2012
8:07 am

Perhaps, instead of a devotional on the Parable of the Talents, they should have had a devotional on the pitfalls of pride and selfishness. Something about sportsmanship would have been appropriate too. Not everything in the record books is worthy of praise.

Seriously

November 21st, 2012
8:11 am

why are so many people upset about this. be happy for what he did – it’s an amazing feat, and will likely never be duplicated.

basketball may be a team sport, but if the coach is telling everyone to pass the ball to him so he can shoot it, then that’s part of the team aspect.

Ben

November 21st, 2012
8:21 am

They got the win, and he got his name in the record books for ever, and his teammates and coach, fans and even opposing players will always remember it.

All you critics need to sit back and learn to enjoy life, not nitpick everything. It’s an amazing feat.

DEREK DOOLEY

November 21st, 2012
8:36 am

Anybody looking for a coach?

Come on Man!

November 21st, 2012
8:39 am

Really people?

Give the guy a pat on the back! What an outstanding achievment. I am sure the coach and other players were pulling for him as well. Are you that bitter and cold-hearted that you can’t celebrate with a kid who will never play at a higher level? Come on Man!

And the snarky comments about his faith or a devotional before the game? Really? Check your own heart and you might see that you need a little devotion yourself..

Congrats to Jack. Job well done and enjoy telling your grandkids about this 40 years later.

To the rest of you, COME ON MAN!!!

Joey Piper

November 21st, 2012
8:44 am

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Eph 2:8

November 21st, 2012
8:46 am

Going 25-35 on 2s and 27-71 on 3’s = 131 points. Looks to me like there was NO effort to play D by the opposition if he only got 7 points from the line, so they were in on it as well as his team! Good for him, God Bless him. And for all of you haters: “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat”. GIT SUM!

Dawg Guy

November 21st, 2012
8:48 am

“He should have passed the ball….he should have more assists….he should have given up his 137th and 138th point, wah wah wah”. Must be a bunch of Obama voters on here with this attitude of re-distributing the points. Probably a bunch of parents that think every kid should get a trophy, games shouldn’t involve a score and that there should be no first, second or last….only participants. We are all going to hell in a hand basket I tell ya.

Jimmy Swaggert

November 21st, 2012
8:51 am

Good job young man. Now I’m gonna score on you. It’s God’s will.

GRAPHITE

November 21st, 2012
8:57 am

Looks like the puppy dawgs need him since they get beat every night.RollOn…

Joey Piper

November 21st, 2012
8:58 am

Why are some of you guys are complaining about the coach, and Jacks teammates playing time? He was the ”HOT HAND’’so give him the ball. I heard that a player on the losing team scored 70 points. This game was a one of a kind thing with a total of 283 points combined, I’m mean come on…simply AMAZING AT COLLEGE OR EVEN A PROFFESSIONAL LEVEL. Stop hating on Jack, He’s the MAN!!!!

Stank Wren

November 21st, 2012
9:00 am

Shooting below 50% is not “feeding the hot hand”. A hot hand makes more than half of it’s shots

Jeff

November 21st, 2012
9:07 am

Both impressive and sad

alan

November 21st, 2012
9:07 am

“At game’s end, Taylor was 52-for-108 and 27-for-71 from the 3-point line; nobody’s reporting how many assists he had.”

Nobody’s reporting how many minutes he played either.

Congrats to the kid. . . if he’s in the game and has the shot, he should take it especially if he’s hot.
Not so much the coach. . . did Coach Arseneau really need to leave Jack in so he could beat the 113 point record by 25 points and so he could beat the other team by 75 points? No complaints on the kid, he should celebrate. One wonders if Coach Arseneau’s team were to lose by 75 points if he would coach differently. There’s a reason why crushing another team and piling on in all sports is not celebrated.

RDC

November 21st, 2012
9:10 am

Really? The “man upstairs” helped him score 138 pts. If there is a “man upstairs” perhaps he should be concerned about other matters. LOL

Rod Culbertson

November 21st, 2012
9:12 am

Wow, didn’t expect so much judgmentalism in the comments on a story like this. Figures sadly and yes, please accuse me of the same for pointing it out. Once his team realized he could get to 100 points and or break a record, his teammates humbly, sacrificially and gladly passed him the ball on most every shot to be a part of something big – quote, “my teammates ‘unselfishly’ passed me the ball.” THEY weren’t going to make history unless he did and they went for it. What might the world be like if we would learn the facts prior to commenting our negativity. I can only imagine.

Mark (another one)

November 21st, 2012
9:29 am

This blog proves out the studies that show that the vast majority of anonymous blog postings are negative. This kid set a record and everyone on the team probably celebrated with him. Also subtracting the three point stats from his overall stats shows he was 25 of 37 from inside the three point line. That’s a hot hand.

fes

November 21st, 2012
9:29 am

pass the ball and take your foot off the gas when you have such an insurmountable lead. it’s called sportsmanship.

Blake

November 21st, 2012
9:37 am

People you need to do research before you let your opinion be known. Look up “Grinell Basketball System.” Its a revolutionary way to play basketaball. It’s how they’ve played for years. Every single player on that teams plays alot. Im sick of this society we live in where everybody needs to “win” and/or “play.”

bd23

November 21st, 2012
9:38 am

Got to separate the accomplishment of the kid from the coaching. Scoring 138 points in bball is amazing. Probably will never be matched.

But when your team is leading by 3 TDs and they have the ball with a minute left in the game, there’s a reason why ‘taking a knee’ rather than throwing for another TD is better. It’s a sign of respect to the other team. After Jack had set the record, did the coach keep him in to the end of the game?

David

November 21st, 2012
9:40 am

Wow, everyone says pass the ball, but have you ever thought about the team mates passing the ball to him? Seriously, look at the score, and the kid is on fire, why talk about assists? Everyone wants to comment on someone’s achievement, but never want to achieve on their own.

bd23

November 21st, 2012
10:12 am

Blake. . . “Every single player on that teams plays alot. Im sick of this society we live in where everybody needs to “win” and/or “play.”

Does that mean you don’t like the team?

Barack Obama

November 21st, 2012
10:19 am

“If I had a son, he would look like Jack Taylor”

gdawginkalamazoo

November 21st, 2012
10:45 am

WWJD! That’s the sign Grinnell players slap when they leave the locker room to go onto the court. Jesus would put it up 108 times, except he wouldn’t miss any shots.

j

November 21st, 2012
10:45 am

dawg guy, STFU with the Obama bashing. Obama was not mentioned in the article so stop trying to put a political spin on this. Good job for the guy for crushing that record. No doubt, all his teammates wanted him to get it.

Tom Turkey

November 21st, 2012
10:46 am

Zero assists. Clearly a one man team out to set the record. Unbelievable! Happy Thanksgiving!!

gdawginkalamazoo

November 21st, 2012
10:49 am

Doesn’t look like anybody was playing defense for either team. 104 from the losing team? 179 for the winners?

JimmyZ

November 21st, 2012
10:53 am

Hitler! There, we got that out of the way, now congrats to the young man, and to the team that made it possible. And to the whiners, go away, I’m sure his team was ecstatic.

jimmie

November 21st, 2012
11:03 am

Awesome performance. So sad we have all these silly socialists f-gs who think a sport is equal participation by all. If that were the case Matt Ryan should have let the backup qbs throw a few balls each game.

AceDawg

November 21st, 2012
11:06 am

Nuts, yet he shot completely average percentage wise. Just amazing he was given the keys to his team’s offense and that the ball movement was so quick paced that he could pull those numbers off. You’d think somebody would have to shoot 90% + to get those numbers.

irishmafia116

November 21st, 2012
11:11 am

Obviosly not a single whiner poster every played on a decent BB team. All his teamates shared in the glory of the game. They were all excited as he was. You can only see the -he didn’t give his share”, and “why didn’t I get any mentality out there thats ruining this nation

Tag

November 21st, 2012
11:17 am

Anyone who says he’s a ball hog or should have passed more is a cry baby.

hfc95

November 21st, 2012
11:32 am

This is truly amazing. Yes this is division 3 basketball but to discredit this performance in any way is complete bs. If you have no basketball skills are you going to put up a fluke 30 points in a college basketball game? No, let alone 138 points! And to say he is selfish or a ball hog is more bs because I know his teammates and fans were thrilled with this performance, did you ever hear of Grinnell College before this morning, NO!!
Jack Taylor had an amazing performance to score 138 points in 40 minutes of play(4 10 minute quarters in d3 I believe?) Imagine having 50+ at half and then getting to 100 points and by the final quarter your at 125 and counting?!?
Anyone discrediting this in any aspect needs to look at themselves in the mirror and figure out what they are trying to accomplish with their negativity to other human beings that are just playing a game.

WhoCares?

November 21st, 2012
11:41 am

An amazing accomplishment which ought to be celebrated. And on the losing team, a guy scored 70 to set a school record. This is nothing but a positive story, both schools happy with the game. Everyone negative here needs to chill

Josh

November 21st, 2012
11:51 am

The people who complain about what this kid did are people who couldn’t have done what he did. As a previous college basketball player, if a player on my team was doing this, I would be giving him the ball every chance I could. You don’t get to see something like this very often. I had games where I scored 40 and 50 points and not one player said that they wished I would have passed the ball more. Those of you who are haters, just wish they had any talent at all. Great Job Jack.

Hedgetrimmer

November 21st, 2012
12:07 pm

Congratulations to Jack and his teammates. Oh, what a night. It is disheartening to read so many negative posts, though – but not surprising in the least. These times have brought out the bitterness and selfishness and envy in so many people. How many of you would tell that young man to his face that he was selfish and should have passed the ball more? Would you make the same negative comments about Wilt Chamberlain and the night he scored 100 points in an NBA game? If no, why not? Wasn’t he being selfish and hogging the ball, making all those layups and under-the-basket shots, etc.? Or maybe his teammates wanted to see someone hit the 100-point mark and were happy and excited that he could do it that night. After all, they, too, helped Wilt achieve that NBA points-scored record. Just as Jack’s teammates helped him with the college record.

tina

November 21st, 2012
12:11 pm

He was on a streak. the coach recognized that and made it work. quit hating,folks.

marcus

November 21st, 2012
12:17 pm

i’m glad i don’t play with this hog! the coach should be ganged banged by a bunhc of midgets.

marcus

November 21st, 2012
12:18 pm

pass the rock you clown!

Dominique Wilkins

November 21st, 2012
12:27 pm

Wow, i thought i was a ball hog.