Jack Taylor Scores 71 Points in Grinnell College's Season Opener

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Jack Taylor Scores 71 Points in Grinnell College's Season Opener
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Grinnell's Jack Taylor is back, and he put up yet another impressive display of offense in his first game of the 2013-14 season.

In Grinnell's opener against Finlandia, Taylor scored 71 points in the 144-99 victory, according to the Associated Press (h/t SI.com). He went 23-of-52 from the field, 11-of-29 from behind the arc and made 14 of his 21 free throws. 

It's safe to say that he was busy in this one.

All 347 fans in attendance were certainly in for a show.  For those who don't exactly remember Taylor, he was the player who scored 138 points last year in a 179-104 win over Faith Baptist Bible College.  He attempted 108 field goals in the game, with 71 of them being three-pointers, making 52 total shots.

The Pioneers run a rather interesting offense.  According to Yahoo! Sports' Jay Hart, Grinnell focuses on taking the first open shot, shooting as many three-pointers as possible and letting the opponents score uncontested layups to set up quick transition plays on offense.

The path Taylor has taken to stardom has been an interesting one.  According to an article from The New York Timesthe 5'10" point guard was a two-time All-State honorable mention in high school.  In fact, several Division I teams were lightly recruiting him. Most of them were Ivy League schools thanks to his impressive grades.  Unfortunately, he tore his ACL nine games into his prep school career, ending any hopes of going to a Division I program.

However, Taylor is now a star for the Pioneers, and his legend has now grown after a big 71-point outburst.

Grinnell will be taking on Crossroads next on Sunday, and if Taylor can keep this up for the rest of the year, we will certainly hear more about him as the year goes on.

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