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Wisconsin native shatters NCAA men's basketball scoring record

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A west central Wisconsin native shattered the NCAA men's basketball scoring record Tuesday night. Jack Taylor had 138 points for Division III Grinnell in a 179-104 rout of Faith Baptist Bible in Grinnell, Iowa.

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Taylor is a 5-10 sophomore from Black River Falls. He broke the national scoring record of 113 set by Bevo Francis of Rio Grande against Hillsdale in 1954.

Taylor made 27 of 71 attempts from three-point range. He hit 52 of 108 overall from the floor, and made seven of his 10 free throws while playing for 36 minutes. He had 58 points by halftime.

Taylor also shattered Grinnell's previous scoring record of 89 points set by Griffin Lentsch on Nov. 19, 2011, against Principia.

Taylor recently transferred to Grinnell after playing for a season at UW-La Crosse.

Grinnell is a Midwest Conference team that presses and shoots threes like no other school. Under coach David Arseneault, the Pioneers have led the nation in scoring for 17 of the last 19 years. Grinnell ranked first in three-point shooting for 15 of those seasons.

Packers prepare for Giants

The Green Bay Packers will start practicing Wednesdat for their Sunday night contest against the Giants at New York.

The weather's about to get colder in the northern part of the country, and that means teams will be coughing up the ball more often. The Elias Sports Bureau said 11 NFL teams, including the Packers and Giants, commit an average of 1.84 turnovers in their December and January games. That's much higher than in September and October, when they commit under 1.6 miscues per outing.

Last January, the Giants won the turnover battle when they eliminated the Packers in a second-round playoff game at Lambeau Field. The Giants recovered three Green Bay fumbles and intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass in their 37-20 victory. The Packers had only one takeaway.

Coach Mike McCarthy devotes at least part of every practice to hanging onto the ball. Quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo says it's a teachable skill and fundaments are directly involved.

Abbrederis candidate for top walk-on trophy

Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis has been named one of 10 semi-finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to the top player who began his college career as a walk-on.

Abbrederis, a Wautoma native, walked on with the Badgers in 2010. He proved his worth enough to get a scholarship this year during his third season.

Abbrederis is the first Badger to have three straight 100-yard receiving games since Lee Evans did it in 2003. He had 147 yards against Texas-El Paso, 142 against Nebraska, and 117 yards against Illinois. He ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 729 receiving yards this year.

The Badgers are getting ready for their regular season finale at Penn State on Saturday.

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