They say some records may never be broken. That was a saying coined before Grinell guard Jack Taylor went H.A.M on Faith Baptist Bible on Tuesday night, scoring an insane and untouchable 138 points on 108 shots.
Insert obligatory Faith Baptist Bible or pass the ball bro joke here.
The last time a college basketball player went into triple figures in scoring was way back in 1954 when Bevo Francis scored 113 points for Rio Grande against Hillsdale. That was a record that stood for over 50 years and was one that we didn’t think would be bested ever, but that was before Jack Taylor had anything to say about it.
“There was a point during the second half where I hit a number of threes in a row — maybe seven or eight — I felt like anything I threw up was going in,” Taylor said. “I’ve been in the zone before but I’ve never taken so many shots.”
Not only did Taylor score the most points in colligate basketball history, he scored more points than anyone who has ever played basketball at an advanced level, including two titans of the NBA. Everyone knows about Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game for the Warriors, and the second highest scoring performance in the NBA was had by Kobe Bryant who put up 81 points back in 2006.
“I gotta thank the man upstairs,” Taylor said. “I was able to multiply my talents tonight.”
The irony of the quote when used against Faith Baptist Bible is criminal, but not as outrageous as the stat of the night — 138 points.
To score that many points Taylor had to take a shot every twenty seconds, and he rattled off 108 of them on Tuesday. Grinnell finished the game with 179 points, which means Taylor alone accounted for 77 percent of the his team’s final total. NBA players all over took the time to tweet their astonishment at the feat, with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony saying Taylor’s performance was akin to a video game.
Taylor’s performance was very real, and even if he amounts to nothing as a basketball player, the man has 138 reasons he’ll always be able to get a free drink for the rest of his life.