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Jack Taylor of Division III Grinnell College just dropped 138 points on 51-108 shooting (27-71 3 pointers, 7-10 freethrows) in a 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible, redefining poor sportsmanship on his way to the NCAA Basketball record for points scored in a game.

“It felt like anything I tossed up was going in,” said Taylor, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard.  Really, Jack? You missed more than half your shots.  Let’s put things into perspective:

  • 108 shots is 1 shot every 22 seconds of game time.
  • Jack Taylor didn’t play the entire game, he shot once every 20 seconds.
  • In his 81-point game in 2006, Kobe Bryant shot once every 73 seconds.
  • No Division I team has ATTEMPTED 108 shots in a game this season.
  • Nobody else on the Grinnell College team attempted more than 6 shots
  • Jack Taylor registered ZERO assists in his 138 point effort

If Taylor scored 138 points in a close 179-175 game, I’d be all for it.  One guy putting the team on his back, breaking the record in an epic victory would be awesome.  But that’s not what happened here.  Taylor dropped the record breaking sum in a blowout.  The game was likely more than over by the time he crossed the century mark.  Where’s the sportsmanship?

Here are 47 of his points…

As someone who’s been on both sides of lopsided outcomes in their athletic career, nothing disgusts me more than a player or a team purposely running up the score or accumulating stats for the sole purpose of breaking a record.  108 shots is asinine.  I’m sure Jack Taylor is proud of himself, but he shouldn’t be.  Last time I checked, basketball is a team game.  I commend the players on Faith Baptist Bible for not losing their cool, because someone probably should have speared Jack Taylor at some point in the 2nd half.  Shame on you, Jack Taylor, and shame on the Grinnell College head coach for allowing this to happen.

Stephen A. Smith seems to agree with me:


  • Mike

    Would it have been better sportsmanship to purposely lay down against an inferior opponent and let them stay in the game? Could you please offer the requisite point spread where poor sportsmanship would not occur so that all of us could make sure that we don’t offend? This was the ultimate team game in that his teammates selflessly and intentionally gave of themselves in order for this record to happen. Finally, “someone probably should have speared Jack Taylor at some point in the 2nd half” insures that you are an expert on sportsmanship.

    You are certainly entitled to your opinion, and I do appreciate the blog. Thanks

    • HookTSB

      Thanks for reading, Mike. Apparently Grinnell College presses the entire game and only takes 3 point shots or layups. That is their coaches philosophy on how the game is played. Pressing when you’re up by 75 points is poor sportsmanship in my opinion, and I wouldn’t consider it laying down to an inferior opponent if Grinnell backed off a bit once the game was clearly out of reach.

      You are entitled to your opinion as am I, and I respect that you recognize that. While resorting to foul play is definitely poor sportsmanship, I mentioned spearing Jack Taylor in the 2nd half only to reiterate how much I commend the Faith Baptist Bible for not losing their cool. I do not condone unnecessary violence or foul play in any way, shape, or form. Sorry if I was unclear when writing that sentence in my article.

  • Earl

    “You won’t find any of those guys in the park.” – Stephen A. Smith and Skip Baylis fist bombing each other over an extremely racist comment. That’s right, every guy on both teams were as white as the background that I am typing on. Yes, the two of them would SCREAM at the top of their lungs if anyone else made that type of comment. ESPN at it’s finest. By the way, I agree with every single word out of Stephen A. Smith’s mouth. That was the first time in at least 5 years, in which I could listen to him for more than 2 minutes.

  • TK

    Hook, your basketball career? hahaha. Games were what we did before going out for the night. And Stephen A. Smith yells too much. We get it you yell and like basketball. I, along with a majority of ESPN radios listeners turn him off as soon as his show starks

    • HookTSB

      being someone who scored more goals in soccer than points in basketball in high school, I made sure to say athletic career instead of basketball career. sitting on the bench and waiting for the game to be over so we could go out and drink wasn’t much of a career, but I did enjoy playing.

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