November 22, 2012

Shots fell, and so did the records

Jack Taylor left the best in basketball awestruck with a 138-point game for a Division III school.

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Jack Taylor hit 27 3-pointers during his 138-point game Tuesday night. But other times he settled for a simple layup for Grinnell College.

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Arseneault wanted to make up for Grinnell's lack of athleticism and size, and make the game more fun. The Pioneers have won four conference championships with the pour-it-on style but have yet to win an NCAA tournament game, raising questions about whether the emphasis on scoring at the expense of defense and patience doesn't reflect traditional basketball strategy and sportsmanship.

"Maybe they're right," said David N. Arseneault, the co-head coach and Arseneault's son. "But the way I look at it is there's no chance we would have been able to have even close to the amount of success we've had without this system."

The Pioneers didn't set out to have Taylor break any records Tuesday night. But after discovering Taylor had 58 points at halftime, they decided to go for it.

"A lot of people are saying it wasn't the most team-oriented thing to do," Taylor said, "but I wouldn't have been able to do it without the encouragement and support from my teammates."

Taylor didn't leave the game until the closing moments with his team up 70. Arseneault said he thought about pulling Taylor earlier, but after watching him drain six straight 3s in a two-minute span, he couldn't bear to pull the plug on something so special.

"My thought was 'Hey, man, the kid's got it going. I'm going to let him go,' " he said.

Fincham said he wasn't offended by Taylor's pursuit of the record. In fact, Fincham decided at halftime that he would try to get at least 50 points for his own player, David Larson, who finished with the quietest 70-point night in the history of basketball. He broke the school record of 47 and gave his teammates a reason to hold their heads high.

"Our students come for ministry," Fincham said. "They don't come for basketball, obviously."


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