Black River Falls coaches, family react to Taylor's record-breaking night

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wisc. (WEAU) - The sports world was buzzing after a basketball player from Black River Falls set an NCAA single-game record, scoring 138 points for Division III Grinnell College in Iowa.

Jack Taylor broke a record held for 58 years in college basketball, fueling debates across the country and pride in his home town.

"As a basketball person, wow comes to mind," head boys' basketball coach for Black River Falls high school Mike Gaier said.

"I was just shocked and amazed," Taylor's sister, Jenny Taylor said.

"138 points is more than some people score in a season. And he did it in one game in one night which is pretty spectacular," Gaier said.

Jack Taylor took an unheard of 108 shots making 52, including 27 three-pointers against Faith Baptist Bible College, breaking a 58 year-old record of 113 points in a single game set by Bevo Francis of Rio Grande College.

Some sports writers criticized Taylor for not passing the ball, totaling 0 assists, but his coaches, said it was all part of the game plan.

"They were going into the game hoping that he would set the national record for three-pointers and then the thing took on a life of its own," Jason Janke, Taylor's freshman team coach, who talked to Taylor Wednesday said.

"His teammates really wanted this for him, so I don't think it was unsportsmanlike," Jenny Taylor said.

"It's a neat and deserving honor of a good boy who loves basketball. Hard work pays off," Janke said.

"He made me proud because he was representing our school and everyone was proud he was from here," Jenny Taylor said.

In the same game, David Larsen of Faith Baptist scored 70 points, which was largely overshadowed by Taylor's performance.

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