Jack Taylor: Grinnell College Basketball Player Scores 109 By Himself

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 06:39 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor started the basketball season with another eye-popping score of 109 points in just the second game, making it the third-highest single-game score in NCAA history.

A junior this year, Taylor blew away college basketball’s single-game scoring record last year with a whopping 138 points in one game. Seems he’s not going to let up this year.

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In snagging 109 points when Grinnell played Crossroads College, Taylor made 35 of 70 shots, Bloomberg News said, 24 of those three-pointers.

In a video on the school’s website, Taylor handed out credit to his teammates.

“It was just a blast. I just have the best teammates in the world,” he said. “It was an unbelievable experience. I was a little bit worried that I was going to get tired because last Friday I had 71 (points), and I just kind of faded out in the second half. My legs started cramping up. I was able to sustain my energy level and my teammates were able to pick me up and keep feeding me the ball. It was just a lot of fun.”

Taylor’s performance earned him the Midwest Conference Men’s Basketball Performer of the Week.

Despite accolades online, Taylor’s performance brings out a few critics, including Deadspin that wrote last year about how Grinnell coach David Arseneault uses a strategy that puts all the shooting focus on one player.

“But fans and media remain seduced by big numbers,” Deadspin wrote. “Taylor’s games this season have again received national attention, invariably by outlets that don’t watch the games and don’t worry about how those gaudy numbers are racked up.”

Still, those numbers are impressive and they definitely made twitter feeds.





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