When it comes to scoring in basketball games, Grinnell College has it down to an art. A madcap, pressing, three-point bombing, relentless assault of an art. Men’s head coach David Arseneault dreamed up the system in order to save his job, but it’s turned Grinnell into a miniature powerhouse on the plains, routinely flirting with 200 points and producing some incredible, fast-paced games in which all 15 members of the team routinely play significant minutes. It can be ugly, and opponents have dismissed it as a gimmick and a joke, but it’s effective. Last season, Grinnell’s Jack Taylor broke the NCAA scoring record with 138 points in a single game. This season, he’s back again. Grinnell’s Jack Taylor scored 109 points in a game, good for third all time.
Taylor scored the points in Grinnell’s 173-123 victory over Crossroads College. He shot an impressive 35-of-70 from the field, and he made 24 of his 48 3-point attempts while adding 15 of 17 shots from the free-throw line. Taylor also scored 71 points in Grinnell’s first game of the season. Given his incredible success in Grinnell’s system, who’s to say he can’t score 100 points again this season? Or average 50 points a game? Or do something else even crazier?
“Just like last year, I couldn’t have done this without my teammates,” said Taylor after the game. “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 with me.”
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