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The 138: Jack Taylor's record breaking night

Basketball can be analysed and dissected for advanced studies and be made to look like some sort of advanced calculus. When broken down to its simplest form, it’s elemental, as simple as “putting the ball in the basket”. If you can do that more than the other team, more often than not you win (the 3-point line and free-throw shooting can make the equation a little more complicated ).

The boy in the picture on the right is Jack, Jack Taylor. A 5-foot-10, 170-pound boy playing Division III NCAA basketball at Grinnell College. Nothing impressive you may say but today, he just decided to give the basketball world a lesson in “basketball 101″, scoring 138 points himself en route to a 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible on Tuesday night in Grinnell, Iowa.

In doing so, Taylor made a mockery of the NCAA scoring record which was till today held by Rio Grande’s Bevo Francis with 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954. That’s a 54 year record put to dust on one insane night of basketball.

‘‘It felt like anything I tossed up was going in,’’ said Taylor to The Associated Press and it certainly was.

67.875 - That’s the average score for a side in the NCAA. Taylor on this night took 108 shots himself, of which he made 52. This included a make of 27 from 71 three-point attempts. Lest you forget he shot 7 of 10 from the free-throw line as well in a 36 minute spell of history-making.

Box-score for the game. (Click to enlarge)

Taylor had 80 in the second half alone. He reached half time at 58 and then he just caught fire. Taylor, from then on, went 32 of 58 shooting — which included 18 3s — and then went onto average an astounding 4 points per minute for the final 20.

Taylor had only recently transferred to his new college at Grinell after transferring from Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he played for one season. The Pioneers of Grinell have always been a high-scoring side under coach David Arseneault where they use pressing and 3-point shooting and as the staple for their offense. Last year saw Griffin Lentsch record a 89 point on Nov. 19 against Principia which was the previous Grinell record.

Grinell under coach David Arseneault has lead the US level college basketball scene in scoring for 17 of the past 19 seasons while ranking first nationally in 3-point shooting for the 15 of those past 19 years.

With all that said about the ever offensive scheme of the college, no one in their wildest dreams would have ever  imagined Taylor having such a field day. Taylor had an average of  23.5 points after Grinnell’s first two games this season but was only hitting 6 of 41 three-pointers in those games over the weekend. The coach’s decision to let Green shoot his way out of the slump certainly paid dividends.

Taylor may never again be mentioned in any kind of mainstream media let alone make it to the NBA. People playing Division 3 NCAA basketball don’t do that. But even if he never plays another game, he will be always remembered as the kid who scored 138 points.

For what it was worth, Taylor made Grinell’s name along with his own shine for the at least awhile. He shared the basketball limelight with the bigs of NCAA like Duke and North Carolina and even made the People from the NBA stand up and take notice. The twitter world just exploded as NBA players were astonished with the rare feat.

Carmelo Anthony - ‘‘I never heard of nothing like that. That’s like a video game. How can you shoot 100 times, though?’’

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