November 20, 2012

Grinnell's Taylor pours in NCAA-record 138 points

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Grinnell got Jack Taylor's name into the record books with 138 points.
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D3sports.com's Pat Coleman discussed the game and the record on To The Point, which airs on NPR stations nationwide.


To the Point: Grinnell Shatters NCAA Record
by KCRW

Jack Taylor, a sophomore guard for Grinnell, scored 138 points tonight in the Pioneers' 179-104 pasting of Faith Baptist Bible. Taylor shot 52-for-108 from the floor, 27-for-71 from three-point range and 7-for-10 from the line to knock Rio Grande's Bevo Francis and his 113 points, from the record book.

Taylor has scored 185 points in the Pioneers' three games.

Bevo Francis held both the NCAA and collegiate scoring mark, with his 113 points vs. Hillsdale in 1954 and 116 points as an NAIA competitor in a game the year before.

"I don't think reality has really set in yet," Taylor said after the game. "I think it definitely will in the next few days. I can't really get my mind around it right now."

To learn more about the Grinnell System, check out a classic Around the Nation column by Mark Simon.

What's wrong with one player scoring 138 points?
The player was wrong to do it
The coach was wrong to enable it
The media was wrong to blow it out of proportion
There's nothing wrong!

The record comes one year and one day after Grinnell's Griffin Lentsch set the Division III men's basketball single-game scoring record, as he scored 89 points in a 145-97 rout of Principia. Lentsch scored seven against Faith Baptist Bible.

David Larson scored 70 points for Faith Baptist.

Grinnell plays an up-tempo style they call the System that features lots of pressing and trapping in the backcourt, but if the press is broken, they will give up a layup in order to get the ball back. On the other end, their goal is to put up a three as quickly as possible and crash the boards for the offensive rebound if missed.

However, Grinnell traditionally subs players in and out in waves, with no player playing more than around 20 minutes. That did not happen tonight, or on the night in which Lentsch scored his 89 points, as the offense was clearly altered to favor a particular player.

"I felt pretty confident tonight. Most of my shots were off the dribble, in isolation, from the perimeter, and that's kind of my game, working off the dribble," Taylor told ESPN. "The team was very unselfish and actually told me they're going to keep feeding me the ball and keep riding the wave. I appreciate their unselfishness."

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