Jack Taylor’s 138-point game impresses former NBA sharpshooter

Former NBA player Eddie House said he couldn’t believe that an NCAA player could score 138 points in one game.

A sophomore at Grinnell College in Iowa, Jack Taylor lit up the basketball world and beyond Tuesday night by setting an NCAA record with 138 points in the Pioneers’ 179-104 home victory over Faith Baptist Bible.

Slightly-built at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, Taylor had 58 points by halftime and kept firing, taking down records as the shots fell through.

Taylor broke the NCAA record with 4:42 left in the game and went on to smash it by 25 points, hoisting an are-you-serious 108 shots — one every 20 seconds. He took 71 shots from the 3-point arc, more than some players take an entire season, and made 27.

“Eighty points in 20 minutes? Come on guy, that’s ridiculous,” House said from his Scottsdale, Ariz., home Wednesday. “That’s just unbelievable.”

House had one of those unforgettable nights for Arizona State a dozen years ago, paying back Cal for not recruiting him by torching them for 61 points.

That his memorable game didn’t even match the second half of Jack Taylor’s record-setting performance nearly left the loquacious House speechless.

“Seventy-one? I can’t even imagine,” said House, the former Hayward High star who retired from the Miami Heat in 2011 after 11 NBA seasons with nine teams. “That’s like a pregame workout.”

Current NBA players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony had plenty of praise for Taylor, and so did House.

“I couldn’t imagine taking all thoseĀ  shots,” House said. “I know it was fun, though. It had to be fun.”

House played 11 years in the NBA, appearing in 717 games (31 started), averaging 7.5 ppg in 17.3 mpg. He’s mostly remembered for his playing days with the Miami Heat.


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