Division III Guard Scores 138 Points to Break NCAA Record

Jack Taylor of Grinnell College scored 138 points to break college basketball’s 58-year-old single-game scoring record.

Taylor, a 22-year-old sophomore guard at the Division III school in Grinnell, Iowa, made 52 of 108 field-goal attempts last night, including 27 3-pointers, in a 179-104 win over Faith Baptist Bible College.

The performance broke the National Collegiate Athletic Association record of 113 points, set by Clarence “Bevo” Francis of Division II Rio Grande in 1954.

Taylor, who played 36 of the 40 minutes, had 58 points by halftime and later passed the Division III scoring record of 89, set last year by teammate Griffin Lentsch, according to the school’s website. In one stretch of the second half, Taylor scored 28 straight points for the Pioneers, including seven 3- pointers without a miss.

“That’s crazy, man,” Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant said when told about the feat, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t care what level you’re at. Scoring 138 points is pretty insane.”

Bryant, who never played college basketball, scored 81 points in a 2006 National Basketball Association game, the second most in league history. Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA record, scoring 100 points as a Philadelphia Warrior against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Taylor, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound player from Black River Falls, Wisconsin, also had three rebounds and three steals in the win. He had no assists.

Grinnell’s next game is at home against William Penn University of Iowa on Nov. 25.

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