Jack Taylor Scores 109 Points as Grinnell College Defeats Crossroads

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Jack Taylor Scores 109 Points as Grinnell College Defeats Crossroads
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Another day, another 100-plus point effort from Grinnell College's Jack Taylor. 

The Division III star, who sent waves through the sports world last year when he dropped 138 points in a single game for the small liberal arts school from Iowa, was back at it again Sunday afternoon against Crossroads College (Rochester, Minn.). 

En route to leading Grinnell to a 173-123 win, the 5'10" junior guard from Black River Fall, Wisc., dropped 109 points on the day, slotting his name just below his other name in the record books, per the school's official Twitter feed:

After dropping 71 in the Pioneers' season opener, Taylor is now averaging a cool 90 points per game.

For those wondering (and I know you are), Taylor's 138-point outburst last season came on 108 shot attempts, giving him about 1.28 points per shot.     

On Sunday, his 109 points on 70 shots gave him a whopping 1.58 average. He also shot 50 percent (24-of-48) from long range, while knocking down just 38 percent (27-of-71) of his threes during last year's record effort. 

And you thought he wasn't efficient.

In all seriousness, though, Taylor benefits from Grinnell's unique, full court press system—either getting the steal and immediately looking for a three-pointer or allowing the other team a quick, easy layup to get the ball back.

Here's a look at Taylor's record-setting performance from last year:

At some points last season, Grinnell would unleash the "Bomb Squad," which was comprised of freshmen who would immediately go for the steal or foul right away to get the ball back. 

Regardless of the impact the Bomb Squad had on Sunday's game, with Taylor getting up 70 shots in a 40-minute contest, it's obvious there has been no change to the shoot-it-as-fast-as-possible-and-play-no-defense game plan. 

Nevertheless, shooting 50 percent on that many attempts is very impressive, regardless of the competition or system. 

Grinnell takes on Wartburg College on Wednesday, which you can watch here. Just expect to witness a style of basketball you've never seen before.   

 

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