We’ve long known that Grinnell plays a unique brand of up-tempo basketball. The small Iowa school has led the nation in scoring 15 of the last 17 years. Defense is not a priority and they jack three-pointers like it’s going out of style. So it makes perfect sense that guard Jack Taylor set a record last night by scoring 138 points.
That’s INSANE, right? Well, it’s less insane when you consider Taylor hoisted 108 shots, including 71 from three-point range. None of his teammates shot more than six times.
Look, it’s an impressive accomplishment, but consciously tailoring the gameplan so severely makes it a lot less inspiring.
And then there’s this:
Faith Baptist, located in Ankeny, Iowa, is a member of the Midwest Christian College Conference. The schedule on the school website listed the Grinnell game as an "exhibition." But according to Grinnell sports information director Ted Schultz, the game "absolutely" is official and the record will count. Schultz said because of conference rules on the number of games a team can play, Faith Baptist has to list some as exhibitions. Schultz said Grinnell has encountered this before but did check with its conference, the Midwest, on Tuesday morning to confirm the game counted. "It's an exhibition for them, but not for us," he said.
Still, a dude scored 138 points in a 40-minute game. Thought I should mention it.
[H/T: USA Today]