Going into Tuesday’s contest against Faith Baptist Bible, Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor was averaging 23.5 points per game through two contests. His average now is 61.6 points per game after dropping 138 points in the Pioneers’ 179-104 victory.
USA Today reports that the 138 point total by Taylor is easily a new NCAA and collegiate record, eclipsing Rio Grande’s Bevo Francis who scored 113 in 1954 against Hillsdale for the NCAA record. ESPN notes that Francis scored 119 against a junior college the year before for the collegiate record. Grinnell is an NCAA Division III school located in Iowa. Incredibly, Taylor scored his 138 points without even playing the full 40 minutes. He played 36, going 52 of 108 from the floor and hitting on 27 of 71 3-pointers. He added seven free throws on 10 tries.
Grinnell’s website reports that Taylor is a transfer student from UW- La Cross. He may not have even hit his stride yet as the 5-10, 170-pound student-athlete is only a sophomore. Grinnell head coach David N. Arseneault made a prediction about Taylor in the team preview that looks on pace to be a very real possibility based on his 138-point performance.
“We felt like the biggest weakness we had a year ago was not having a scoring threat at the point guard position,” Arseneault said. “That hole has not only been filled, it has been filled by a very special player who just might be the next leading scorer in the nation. Jack Taylor, a transfer from UW-La Crosse, is the real deal and has a chance to become a special player in this program.”
Jack Taylor’s 138 points for Division III Grinnell was also a school record. The previous mark was 89 points.