NBA star Carmelo Anthony has expressed his amazament after US college basketball player Jack Taylor shattered the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record for most points in a game.
Taylor was given the green light by his coach David Arseneault to shoot his way out of a slump and responded in style, with the point guard taking 108 shots to make a mockery of the college basketball record books.
Taylor scored 138 points to shatter the NCAA scoring record in Grinnell Pioneer's 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible on Tuesday night in the Division III competition.
“I never heard of nothing like that. That's like a video game,” Anthony said, an incredulous look on his face. “How can you shoot 100 times, though?”
He joked that from now on when someone asks if he's taking too many shots, he'll mention “that someone shot it 108 times”.
Anthony's New York Knicks teammate, Raymond Felton, also was astounded by the 108 shots which equates to one every 20 seconds.
“His elbow has got to be sore,” Felton said.
Taylor made 27 of 71 three-point attempts, was successful with 52 of 108 overall from the field and added seven free throws on 10 attempts in 36 minutes.
“It felt like anything I tossed up was going in,” Taylor told The Associated Press.
Rio Grande's Bevo Francis held the NCAA scoring record with 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954. In 1953, Francis had 116 against Ashland Junior College. Frank Selvy is the only other player to reach triple figures, scoring 100 points for Division I Furman against Newberry in 1954. The previous Grinnell record was 89 by Griffin Lentsch last November against Principia.
Under coach Arseneault, the Pioneers press and shoot three-pointers like no other team in the U.S. at any level. They've been the top scorers in the country for 17 of the past 19 seasons while ranking first nationally in three-point shooting for the 15 of those past 19 years. But none of them have had a night quite like Taylor — who never saw this coming.
Taylor recently transferred to Grinnell near Des Moines, after playing one season for Wisconsin-La Crosse. He struggled in his debut at the nearby Wartburg Tournament over the weekend by hitting only 11 of 41 shots — including only six of 34 three-point attempts. Still, he averaged 23.5 points a game.
But Taylor started Tuesday's night game off slow — at least according to his standards. His coaches figured the best way to get him on track was for him to keep chucking, so that's what Taylor did.
“Maybe my cold shooting from the weekend was affecting me,” Taylor said. “But then they started to drop.”
Taylor had 58 points at halftime.
Then he got hot.
Taylor was 32 of 58 shooting — including 18 three-pointers — in the final 20 minutes and averaged an astounding four points a minute in the second half.
“I don't think reality has set in yet,” Taylor said.
Faith Baptist's David Larson also had a big game, scoring 70 points with 34 baskets from 44 attempts.
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