November 21 (RIA Novosti) - An American basketball player has smashed the US college scoring record for a single game, pouring in a remarkable 138 points in leading his team to victory.
Jack Taylor, a guard for the Grinnell College basketball team in the state of Iowa, topped the previous National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record of 113 points in leading his team to a 179-104 victory Tuesday night over the team from Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary.
The previous record had stood since 1954.
Taylor, a second-year student at Grinnell, was not shy about shooting the ball, launching a total of 108 shots and connecting on 52 of them. He made 27 of his 71 3-point attempts in the game.
Taylor told ESPN in an interview after the game that his arms were tired from the effort.
“My legs are pretty tired, too,” Taylor said.
Grinnell plays in the NCAA’s third division, two levels below the division that typically sends players to the professional National Basketball Association (NBA).
Grinnell’s unusual philosophy sacrifices traditional basketball defensive strategy in order to speed up the pace of the game, resulting in significantly more shots than in a typical basketball game.
Taylor said his teammates were incredibly unselfish in letting him shoot so much.
“I started hitting my shots, and we just kind of rode the wave,” he told ESPN.
NBA stars Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacted to Taylor’s record setting night.
"I never heard of nothing like that,” Anthony told The Associated Press. “That’s like a video game. How can you shoot 100 times, though?"
Durant suggested the player deserved a post-game whiskey.
"Jack Taylor you deserve a shot of Jack Daniels after that performance lol...wow," Durant wrote on his Twitter feed.