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Grinnell’s Jack Taylor scores 109 points on Sunday afternoon

Nov 17, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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Jack Taylor caught fire on Friday night, going for 71 points as Grinnell College, a Division III school, knocked off Finlandia.

Well, that performance looks downright pedestrian after Taylor went for 109 points on Sunday.

Taylor had was 35-for-70 from the field, 24-for-48 from three, and even went 15-for-17 from the free throw line. In his last two games, Taylor is averaging 90 points and has knocked down 38 three pointers.

The craziest part? He hasn’t even come close to setting his career-high, which came last season when he went off for 138 points.

Grinnell runs an uptempo system, pressing for 40 minutes and shooting as quickly as possible on every possession. In game that they know they’re going to win, they’ll force-feed one player on their roster, and Taylor has been the beneficiary of late. There’s a reason that Taylor is able to put up numbers like this, but he still has to make the shots that he takes.

  1. florida727 - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    This is a disgrace to basketball. I know it’s “news”, but I really wish you guys in the media wouldn’t give this the time of day. These guys are playing a glorified high school team and they let one guy jack up every shot they take (if I’m a player on that team and I’m told to feed him instead of taking my share of shots, I’m pissed). Yeah, he still has to make them, so in that regard maybe he does qualify as a ‘good’ player. Put him on the floor against Michigan State or Duke and let’s see how many he scores. He’d be lucky to hit double figures.

  2. mogogo1 - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I don’t mind the up-tempo style. It’s a sound strategy. But the continued pressing and running up points is lousy sportsmanship. The game where Taylor scored 138 ended 179-104 and they beat somebody else 136-65 last season. I’m surprised some of these other coaches don’t just pull their guys off the floor to keep Grinnell from setting these meaningless records.

  3. clonefan - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Maybe you need to go watch a Grinnell game… Yeah, they might lose badly to UNC or Duke, but at Grinnnell they play15 kids in most games, some times more. They do play an incredible up tempo game. If you are a three point shooting kid who can’t make D1 and want a good education have I got a fun place for you to play ball. You will play about 1/3 of the game and you willl play in short bursts. Occasionally they show case someone, but that is the exception to the rule. The fans are fantastic. It is a small venue. Most of your teammates are there to actually get an education.

    Just for the record, Taylor only played 29 minutes. He had 18 other teammates play. 11 of them scored. 3 had double digits. Of those 18 other players only 16 minutes was the maximum time for any of them.

    Speaking of running up the score and walking off of the court. Kentucky beat up on Robert Morris (87 – 49). Game was out of reach early. Yet Kentucky had 5 players with more than 20 minutes and only played 13 players. I hope you posted the same rants on the Kentucky score. Grinnell only won by 12 more and they played 19 players.

    And a Grinnell game is FREE!!!

    By the way I went to a D1 school…

  4. reastnt - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Taylor took 56% of his team’s shots (in 29 minutes of play). I’m more impressed with Andy Carson, on the other team, who scored 50 points on 25 of 27 shooting (no free throws and no threes!).

    It is impressive, however, that in their crazy style of play, Grinnell only had 7 turnovers – only 1 for Taylor in all the times he handled the ball.

  5. tazilon - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Welcome to the US of the Offended, where you are only allowed to win by a”PC” amount or the goodie-goodies hate you. If other teams don’t want Grinnell to score, perhaps they should try playing defense?

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