Almost a year to the day after Grinnell College's Griffin Lentsch shattered the Division III scoring record with 89 points, one of the guard's teammates dwarfed that performance with ease.
Jack Taylor, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, set a single-game scoring record for any level of college basketball Tuesday night when he erupted for an unimaginable 138 points in Grinnell's 179-104 rout of Faith Baptist Bible. That easily eclipsed the Division I record 100 points set by Furman's Frank Selvy against Newberry College in 1954 or the 113 points Rio Grande's Clarence "Bevo" Francis scored against Hillsdale College the same season.
For Taylor to achieve his record-setting point total, he had to take a staggering number of shots.
Of the 136 field goal attempts Grinnell had in the game, Taylor attempted 108 of them, making a respectable 52. He sank 25 of 37 shots from inside the arc, 27 of 71 3-pointers and 7 of 10 free throws to get to 138 points.
Since Grinnell's trademark is a frenetic, up-tempo system similar to Loyola Marymount's offense in the 1990s, the Pioneers typically have 12 to 15 players log roughly 10 to 15 minutes a game to keep them fresh enough to thrive. Taylor, on the other hand, logged 36 minutes Tuesday night, suggesting that Grinnell wanted him to vie for the record just like it had Lentsch do a year ago when he scored 89 points in 36 minutes.
Prior to Tuesday, Taylor was averaging an impressive 23.5 points in 13.5 minutes, which no doubt made the Grinnell coaches curious what he could do with more minutes. To say the least he delivered when given the opportunity.