Black River Falls native Jack Taylor -- who broke an N-C-A-A scoring record with 138 points last season -- scored 109 yesterday for Division-Three Grinnell in a 173-to-123 win over Crossroads College in Grinnell Iowa.
This performance is arguably more impressive than the record setter. Taylor made 35-of-70 shots from the floor, including 24-48 on three-pointers. He also hit 15-of-17 free throws. Taylor's biggest scoring wave came in the second half, when he had 53 points in the first nine minutes. It was the third-highest individual scoring performance in N-C-A-A history, behind his own effort last year and the 113 scored by Clarence Francis of Rio Grande in 1954. And just like a year ago, Taylor said he could have never achieved his scoring without his teammates helping him. He said he was thankful for the high-scoring Grinnell program. Taylor scored 71 in the season opener on Friday night. He is coming off of a broken wrist he suffered in January of last season. He is the first player in college basketball history to score 100 plus points in a game twice and has three of the top five single scoring outputs in NCAA Division 3 history.