On Tuesday, Division III Grinnell College defeated Faith Baptist Bible College 179 to 104. Grinnell guard Jack Taylor poured in 138 points, smashing an NCAA scoring record that had stood for over 50 years. Chris Varney, Sports Director at KGRN Radio in Grinnell, Iowa, was at the mic for the broadcast, and he joined Bill Littlefield for this week’s Only A Game.
“It was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen in my close to 20 years of broadcasting,” Varney said. “After the game I talked with the head coach for Grinnell College, Dave Arsenault, Sr., and he said that may never, ever be matched again in college basketball history.”
Faith Baptist Bible has been struggling this season and Grinnell “puts in points like they’re going out of style,” but Varney said the high scoring game didn’t seem special right away. After going 0 for his first 4, the 5-foot 10 Taylor began racking up the points.
“He just kept shooting,” Varney said. ” He just kept shooting and by halftime he had 58 points. To put that in perspective, the most points he ever had in a game in his life was 40 points in high school and he broke that by halftime.”
Varney insists that Faith Baptist Bible didn’t take it easy on Taylor, even as it became clear that he might have a record-setting night.
“They sometimes triple teamed him in the game, I mean they sent three people at him at one time. They sent two people at one time. I think there was some sort of sense that we just can’t stop him no matter what defense we throw at him.”
Taylor’s coach believes the record will never be bested, but Varney isn’t so sure.
“He’s only a sophomore, you know. He still has a couple more years to play. You just never know.”