Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor Drops 109 Points in a Game

by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33

Jack Taylor is at it again.

The sophomore guard for D-III Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, who famously scored 138 points in a game last year, dropped triple digits again yesterday, as he scored 109 points against NIAC Crossroads College in a 173-123 victory.

Taylor’s stat line for the night was a cartoonish 109 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and no fouls in 29 minutes on 35-70 shooting, including 24-48 from behind the arc and 15-17 from the free throw line. As a team, Grinnell went 59-125 from the field and 30-79 from downtown.

This kind of performance is a product of Grinnell’s controversial system, which encourages the team to hoist up a bevy of shots in an attempt to score as many points as possible.

From The Des Moines Register:

Only Taylor’s landmark night last year and Clarence “Bevo” Francis’ old mark of 113 in 1954 stand ahead of him.

“Tonight, we just wanted my shot to kind of come in the flow of the offense with catch- and-shoot type plays,” Taylor said.

Even with multiple defenders eyeing him, Taylor kept finding the bottom of the basket.

“For stretches tonight, it really was just him, the ball and the basket,” Grinnell associate coach David Arseneault Jr. said.

He could have done more damage, but Taylor departed with 5:32 to play, his teammates waiting for him on the bench with more hugs and high-fives — just like last November.

Taylor is averaging 90 points per game this year for the 2-0 Pioneers, as he dropped 71 points in the team’s opener last Friday.