Jack Taylor, a junior guard at Grinnell College who last year broke college basketball’s 58-year-old single-game scoring record with a 138-point game, had 109 yesterday in his second game of the season.
It was the third-highest single-game scoring effort in National Collegiate Athletic Association history, trailing only his record performance on Nov. 20, 2012, and a 113-point game by Clarence “Bevo” Francis of Division II Rio Grande in 1954.
The 5-foot-10 Taylor hit 35-of-70 shots yesterday, including 24-of-48 from three-point range, as Division III Grinnell routed Crossroads College 173-123 in Grinnell, Iowa. Taylor added 15 free throws on 17 attempts as the Pioneers improved their record to 2-0. Crossroads fell to 0-9.
“Just like last year, I couldn’t have done this without my teammates,” Taylor said in comments on the school’s website. “I give so much credit to them -- this truly was a team effort. I’m thankful for the program and the people I have playing around me.”
Kyle Parker was Grinnell’s second-leading scorer with 15 points yesterday.
Crossroads College of Rochester, Minnesota, an associate member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, hit 73.8 percent of its shots, yet attempted only seven three-pointers. Grinnell shot 47.2 percent and made 30 of 79 three-point attempts.