How 138-point kid Taylor played Superman
by Mike Lopresti, USA TODAY Sports
Here’s a question that’s never been asked before in the history of college basketball, and nobody thought ever would be.
So how’d the kid feel the day after he scored 138 points in a game?
“It’s definitely been overwhelming,” Jack Taylor – Superman for a night – said over the phone Wednesday from Grinnell College in Iowa. “It feels like I almost woke up in a different world.”
Everyone wanted to know how he felt. The interviews for him and his coach had started at 5:30 a.m. and gone all day, broken only by his calculus and introduction to Christianity classes. “It was a little bit harder to focus today,” he said. “But I was able to make it.
“It’s hard for reality to kick in.”
Some feats make you cheer in admiration. This one makes you gasp in wonder.
How does one sophomore guard take 108 shots in a game – or one every 20 seconds he is on the floor? How does he put up 71 3-pointers, and produce a line score with 52 field goals, and no assists?
The guy playing on the other side for Faith Baptist Bible, David Larson. How does he score 70 points in a game – and his team lose by 75?
How does any of that happen?
And should it?
To understand a game the likes of which the sport had never seen before, we turn to three men. Taylor, Grinnell coach David Arseneault, Faith Baptist Bible coach Brian Fincham. Let them explain what happened when Grinnell won 179-104, using 20 players. Nineteen of them combined for 41 points; Jack Taylor provided the other 138.
Warming up, Taylor only knew he wanted to do better than he had done his first two games.The transfer from Wisconsin-La Crosse had scored well, with 19 and 28 points, but couldn’t hit the ocean from the beach, shooting 26.8 percent.
Arseneault’s way is to constantly rotate units, and Taylor had come off the bench both … [For more on How 138-point kid Jack Taylor played Superman for a night, click here.]