Updated: November 21, 2012, 6:11 am ET
Durant, NBA stunned by D-III player’s 138
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Jack Taylor stands 5-10 and plays Division III basketball in Iowa. But the Grinnell College sophomore was the talk of the NBA for a night.
Taylor scored 138 points to set an NCAA record in a 178-104 win Tuesday night against Faith Baptist Bible College. He shot 52-for-108 from the field and 27-for-71 on three-pointers. And the world’s best basketball players took notice in a mix of disbelief and envy.
The NBA record is 100 points by Wilt Chamberlain, for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony sees a future excuse. Criticized occasionally for taking too many shots, the All-Star forward has a new retort, “that someone shot it 108 times.”
Taylor became the talk of the NBA on Twitter, in particular. Even Faith Baptist’s David Larson, who had 70 points in a loss, received some love.
Here are some highlights:
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant: “Jack Taylor you deserve a shot of Jack Daniels after that performance lol…wow”
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins: “I wanna knw who was guarding him!!!”
Retired forward Donyell Marshall: “This is crazy. Hope he iced his arms after game.”
Atlanta Hawks forward Anthony Tolliver: “This dude now averages 61ppg after that #138pointsin1game performance hahaha”
Phoenix Suns point guard Kendall Marshall: “Hollllll up, kid on the other team was 34-44 and had 70. WAY more impressive!”
Former Sacramento Kings forward Donte Greene: “GIRL: how u do babe? BOY: had 70 but we lost GIRL: aw sorry wat happen? BOY: dude had 138 on da other team!! “
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard: “This guy scored 138 points? So the other team must have cheering him on. #nopride”
Golden State Warriors guard Charles Jenkins: “wouldn’t be surprised if Jack Taylor transfer tomorrow lol .. thats crazy 138 points”
Thunder center Cole Aldrich: “138 points is impressive but I think shooting 108 times (71 3 pointers) is more impressive. #throwemup”
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