Jack Taylor didn’t have much left in the tank after his record-setting 138 points for Grinnell College.
In the follow-up to his record-smashing performance, Taylor scored a still respectable 21 points in a 131-116 loss to William Penn on Sunday Night, though it came nowhere close to his previous game. Taylor hit 6 of his 21 shots from the field, including 3 of 13 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc, The Associated Press reported.
The loss was the first of the season for the Pioneers, who now sit at 3-1.
Jack Taylor’s 138-point performance against Faith Baptist Bible became national news and garnered attention from a number of NBA players, including Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. Taylor made 52 of his 108 shots, including 27 for 71 from three-point range. In doing so he destroyed the NCAA record of 113 points set by Rio Grande’s Bevo Francis in 1954, USA Today noted.
After the performance, LeBron James bestowed on Taylor the nickname “Sir Jack,” as the Miami Heat forward gushed praise for Taylor.
It’s unbelievable, honestly,” James said of Sir Jack’s performance. “I would like to see the game. I want to see the game.”
“I watched Kobe’s game when he had 81,” James added. “I watched some of the greatest games ever played when guys scored big numbers. There’s two games that I would love to see: One was Wilt, when he had 100, and this kid, I want to see him too. Sir Jack.”
Jack Taylor’s record will likely stand, but if it is broken there’s a good chance it will be another Grinnell player to do so. The team runs an up-tempo offense that gives up defensive possessions in order to rack up as many shots as possible. Last season Grinnell guard Griffin Lentsch hit for 89 points in a game, setting an NCAA Division III record.