For the second time in the past year, Grinnell point guard Jack Taylor poured in more than 100 points in a single game.
Taylor demolished Crossroads college by nailing 24 three-pointers, and scoring 53 of his 109 points in the first nine minutes of the second half on Sunday.
If Taylor or Division III Grinnell sound familiar it’s because the 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior broke the NCAA record for points scored in a single game on Nov. 20 of last year with 138 against First Baptist Bible College. During that game Taylor also shattered the NCCA records for field goals made and attempted, along with a record 27 three-pointers.
Originally from Black River Falls, Wis., Taylor was named the Midwest Conference men’s basketball Performer of the Week on Tuesday. He also opened the season with 71 points in a 144-99 victory last Friday.
However the performance and the system employed by Grinnell head coach David Arseneualt have come under fire. According to CBS Sports columnist Gregg Doyel, Taylor rarely crossed midcourt on defense, fired off as many as three field goal attempts on a single possession, and teammates constantly looked for him, even after snagging offensive rebounds close to the basket.
Doyel also called out Grinnell for scheduling Crossroads, a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, in the first place. The small school is essentially two divisions below Grinnell, and had a limited roster of nine active players due to injuries.
Teams have now adjusted to Taylor and Grinnell’s run-and-gun style. Facing triple teams for most of the game, Taylor was held to three points off five total shots. All three of his points came from the free throw line.
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