White men can’t miss, sheesh…
Grinnell’s Jack Taylor didn’t just amend the NCAA’s record books when he scored 138 points — a new collegiate high mark — in his team’s 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible Tuesday night. The Division III star wrote a new chapter.
“There was a point during the second half where I hit a number of threes in a row — maybe seven or eight — I felt like anything I threw up was going in,” Taylor said. “I’ve been in the zone before but I’ve never taken so many shots.”
Bevo Francis of Rio Grande held the NCAA scoring record with 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954. In 1953, Francis had 116 against Ashland Junior College. Frank Selvy is the only other player to reach triple figures, scoring 100 points for Division I Furman against Newberry in 1954.
Taylor even surprised himself once he realized how many points he scored in the first half of the game alone.
Taylor said he entered the locker room at halftime under the assumption he’d racked up 30 points in the first half. But when head coach David Arseneault whipped out the first-half stat sheet, he realized he was mistaken.
“Coach walked in with a stat sheet and said I had 58,” Taylor said. “You could see the team’s eyes light up.”
By the end of the night, Taylor was 52-for-108 (27-for-71 from the 3-point line) and he’d established a new collegiate record.
Although Jack’s school is only a Division-III, he impressed several NBA ballers.
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks were amazed by Taylor’s feat when they heard about it after their victory in New Orleans.
“I never heard of nothing like that. That’s like a video game,” Anthony said, an incredulous look on his face. “How can you shoot 100 times, though?”
He joked that from now on when someone asks if he’s taking too many shots, he’ll mention “that someone shot it 108 times.”
Even scoring champ Kevin Durant had to tip his hat to the young white boy.
138 points, cotdamn…
Peep some of the highlights from the record breaking game below
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