"I watched Kobe's game when he had 81," James said. "I watched some of the greatest games ever played when guys scored big numbers. There's two games that I would love to see: One was Wilt when he had 100, and this kid, I want to see him too. Sir Jack."
Bryant also praised Taylor. "I don't care what level you're at," the Lakers guard told the Los Angeles Times. "Scoring 138 points is pretty insane."
It took only 108 shots for Taylor to make a mockery of the record. The 5-foot-10 sophomore made 27 of 71 three-point attempts, was 52 of 108 overall from the field, and had seven free throws on 10 attempts in the 179-104 win.
"It felt like anything I tossed up was going in," Taylor said.
Rio Grande's Bevo Francis held the NCAA scoring record with 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954.
Syracuse rips Princeton
James Southerland scored 22 points and nabbed five steals as No. 6 Syracuse beat Princeton, 73-53, on Wednesday.
Syracuse (3-0) won its 24th straight game in the Carrier Dome and boosted its record to 31-0 at home against the Ivy League.
Elsewhere: Olivier Hanlan scored 19 points, including the game-winning free throw with 20 seconds left, to lift Boston College over visiting Auburn, 50-49. The win snapped the 2-3 Eagles' three-game losing streak. The Tigers fell to 2-3. . . . At the Maui Invitational, Sheldon McClellan scored 19 points from the bench to give Texas (3-2) its first win in three days, a 69-55 romp over 1-4 Mississippi State.