When it comes to college sports, even Abilene Christian University’s high-scoring football team has nothing on the Grinnell College Pioneers. They’re one of the highest-scoring college basketball teams in the nation under coach David Arseneault, who emphasizes a pressing defense and lots of three pointers by everyone on the floor. For 17 of the last 19 years, Grinnell has lead the NCAA in scoring. For 15 of the 19 years, they’ve been the top three-point shooting team. That’s before Jack Taylor stepped onto campus. During a game against Faith Baptist College, Jack Taylor scored an NCAA-record 138 points.
Taylor, a 5’10 170-pound guard from Black River Falls, Wisconsin, transferred to Grinnell from Wisconsin-La Crosse this season. It’s pretty obvious he’s a talented basketball player, and that’s before he shattered the NCAA scoring record. Bevo Francis from Rio Grande College scored 113 versus Hillsdale in 1954; to break that record, Taylor shot 52 of 108 from the field, made 27 of 71 three-point attempts, and tacked on 7 of 10 free throws in only 36 minutes of basketball action.
“It felt like anything I tossed up was going in,” admitted Taylor after the game.
I’m sure Faith Baptist’s players felt the same way. Now Grinnell has another claim to fame alongside the inventor of the microchip.
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