Taylor reflects on NCAA record breaking performance
After playing one season at UW-La Crosse, former Black River Falls standout Jack Taylor transferred to Grinnell College in Iowa. And it only took three games with the Pioneers for Taylor to make NCAA history.
"I think basketball is a sport where you can be a little creative and that is what this program is about. We increase the pace of play. Our philosophy is to feed the hot hand."
Heading into Grinnell's game against Faith Baptist Bible, Taylor had anything but the hot hand, shooting 27-percent from the field through his team's first two games.
"We played in a Wartburg tournament this past weekend and I shot the ball pretty poorly so my teammates and coaches wanted to get me going."
Taylor responded with 58 points in just the first half. At that point the game plan changed from getting Taylor going, to allowing Taylor to break the nearly 60-year old college record of 113-points.
"Coach at halftime actually told me and he said, 'We're going to go for it if you continue to shoot like this.'"
Taylor now holds the NCAA single game points scored record with 138. And that wasn't the only change he made to the record books.
"I know that I shot 108 shots which is a record. I shot 71 three's which is a record. And I had 27 three's made which is a record."
And it didn't take long for the national media attention to focus on the five-foot-ten sophomore.
"My family drove down from Wisconsin and I wasn't able to talk to them for too long, they were pulling me for interviews right away with ESPN and Sportscenter. It was pretty sobering when I woke up and saw that Kobe (Bryant) had talked about my game, and he's my favorite player growing up and that was really cool."
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