Grinnell guard scores record 138 points

Nov. 21, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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GRINNELL, Iowa, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Call it a good night: Jack Taylor of Division III Grinnell College in Iowa set an NCAA record with an astonishing 138 points in a basketball game.

Taylor, a sophomore playing in just his third game for the Pioneers, led the home squad to a 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible College Tuesday. The previous record for any level of college hoops was 113 points, set in 1954 by Clarence "Bevo" Francis of Division II Rio Grande College.

The feat by Taylor, a 5-foot-10 guard, triggered a media frenzy, with coast-to-coast requests for interviews, including one with ESPN, his school said. The Des Moines Register said Taylor had gotten calls from as far away as Australia and appeared on NBC's "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America."

In addition to the points-scored record, Taylor also set NCAA marks for field goals (52), field goals attempted (108), 3-pointers (27) and 3-pointers attempted (71). At one point, he hit seven consecutive shots from behind the arc.

Lest it be perceived as only a good shooting night, Taylor forced an astounding 49 turnovers on defense.

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