Wisconsin Native Scores 138 Pts. in College Game
Jack Taylor of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, set a new NCAA scoring record in a single game when he put up 138 points in a Division III game on Tuesday, November 20th. Taylor is a 5' 10" sophomore guard from Grinnell, a Division III school in Iowa.
So, how does one player even think about trying to score 138 points?
Apparently, Taylor had an off night over the weekend and wasn't shooting well. When Grinnell matched up against Faith Baptist Bible on Tuesday, his coach told him to shoot out of his slump. That's exactly what he did.
Taylor was 52 of 108, shooting a staggering 48% from the field. Even more impressive was his shooting from 3-point land. Taylor shot 38% from behind the arc. He shot 71 3s and made 27 of them. If he would have made all ten of his free throw attempt he would have scored 141 points, but he missed three. I guess we'll give him a pass since he scored 138 points and was highly efficient in the process.
"I felt like everything I tossed up was going in," said Taylor, who scored 80 points in the second half.
The new record of 138 points eclipsed the previous one set by Rio Grande's Bevo Francis. He scored 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954.
The NBA record is 100 points, scored by Wilt Chamberlain against the New York Knicks. He did it in 1962 when he was with the Philadelphia Warriors. It was only his third season in the NBA and he went on to average 50.4 PPG that year.
In 2006, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant put up 81 points in a win against the Toronto Raptors. Kobe needed only 46 shots and made 28 of them. He shot over 60% from the field and only made 7 3-pointers.
Taylor has set the new benchmark. Wisconsinites should be very proud as I'm sure people will be talking about this for a very long time.
What do you think? Was this an impressive display or did Taylor score too many points unnecessarily?