GRINNELL, Iowa — An Iowa college basketball player shattered the NCAA’s single-game scoring record Tuesday night.
Jack Taylor of Grinnell College put up 138 points in a 179-104 Division III basketball win over Faith Baptist Bible College.
The sophomore guard put up an astounding 108 shots and drained 52 of them. He was also 27 for 71 from 3-point range on his way to breaking the old NCAA scoring record by 25 points. The previous record of 113 was set in 1954 by Bevo Francis.
This is the sophomore guard’s first year with Grinnell. He transferred to the school from the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse.
Up until Tuesday’s game, he was having a pretty average season. In his first two games, Taylor scored 19 and 28 points, respectively.
Taylor’s record had him trending on twitter, at one point ranking #4 worldwide, and up until his big night, he didn’t even have an account. In his first tweet he said, quote “with my big game tonight I had to create a twitter lol god is good! So good.”
Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and ESPN’s Stuart Scott all commented on the feat after word got out. The video of the game got so many hits online it crashed the website for a time.
With all the attention, Taylor obviously had his share of critics, the biggest one…Why didn’t he pass the ball?
Taylor told Channel 13, it was his teammates idea to keep his scoring streak going.
“Come half-time I had 58 points, but my teammates were really unselfish and happy and wanted to continue getting me the ball to see if I could go for a record,” Taylor said. “So it was a blessing to have the teammates and the coaching that I have, to believe in me, to keep feeding me the ball, it was all up to them.”