NCAA Record: 138 Points by One Player in One Game

Grinell's Jack Taylor shatters decades-old collegiate record
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2012 6:42 AM CST
NCAA Record: 138 Points by One Player in One Game
In a photo, date unknown, provided by Grinnell College Athletics, Grinnell basketball player Jack Taylor poses for a photo in Grinnell, Iowa.    (AP Photo/Grinnell College, Cory Hall)

A Grinnell College sophomore launched himself into the record books last night after scoring 138 points in a single basketball game. Jack Taylor took a dizzying 108 shots during the game, which averages out to one attempt every 20 seconds, reports the AP, securing his team's 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible College. At halftime, Taylor thought he had racked up 30 points; then his coach told him he was actually up to 58. He said at that point, "you could see the team's eyes light up," reports ESPN.

Big stars from the NBA were floored by the performance. The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony said, "I never heard of nothing like that. That's like a video game." Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder tweeted, "Jack Taylor you deserve a shot of Jack Daniels after that performance" Indeed: The previous NCAA record was 113 points, set in 1954. And besides Taylor, only two other college players have ever score more than 100 points in a game. For the record, Taylor ended the night 52-for-108, and 27-for-71 from the 3-point line. (More NCAA basketball stories.)

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