D-III Player Scores NCAA-Record 138 Points

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Nov. 21 2012 10:14 AM

The NCAA's Single-Game Scoring Record (138 Points!) Is Now Held By a 5-Foot-10 Guard

Grinnell College's Jack Taylor scored 58 points in the first half of his team's game against Faith Baptist Bible last night. Then the Division-III sophomore got hot.

The 5-foot-10 guard dropped another 80 points over the game's final 20 minutes to set a new collegiate record with 138 points, a full 25 points higher than the previous record set back in the 1950s. His final line: 52 makes on 108 attempts from the field, including going 27 of 71 from beyond the three-point line. All in about 36 minutes of playing time. That works out to about one shot every 20 seconds. (Of course, a look at the box score also shows some less surprising numbers: Zero assists and zero defensive rebounds.)

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As the Washington Post explains, Grinnell enters pretty much every game with the goal of burning out a few bulbs on the scoreboard:

David Arseneault, the Pioneers’ coach, espouses a bombs-away philosophy and eschews assists. Grinnell has led the nation in scoring for 17 of the past 19 seasons and has ranked first nationally in three-point shooting for the 15 of those years.

Sure, the Division-III game is a far cry from the Division-I fare you normally see on ESPN and the network sportscasts, but, come on, 138 points is a 138 points, regardless of what level and/or offense they come in.

Here's what 47 of those points looked like (not pictured: the 70 points David Larson scored—shooting a remarkably efficient 34-for-44 from the field—for Faith Baptist in the loss):

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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