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House impressed by 138-point outburst

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House impressed by 138-point outburst

PHOENIX (AP) Eddie House had one of those unforgettable nights for Arizona State a dozen years ago, paying back California for not recruiting him by torching them for 61 points.

That his memorable game didn't even match the second half of Jack Taylor's record-setting performance nearly left the loquacious House speechless.

``Eighty points in 20 minutes? Come on guy, that's ridiculous,'' House said from his Scottsdale home Wednesday. ``That's just unbelievable.''

A sophomore at Grinnell College in Iowa, Taylor lit up the basketball world and beyond Tuesday night by setting an NCAA record with 138 points in the Pioneers' 179-104 home victory over Faith Baptist Bible.

Slightly-built at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, Taylor had 58 points by halftime and kept firing, taking down records as the shots fell through.

Taylor broke the NCAA record with 4:42 left in the game and went on to smash it by 25 points, hoisting an are-you-serious 108 shots - one every 20 seconds. He took 71 shots from the 3-point arc, more than some players take an entire season, and made 27.

``Seventy-one? I can't even imagine,'' said House, who retired from the Miami Heat in 2011 after 11 NBA seasons with nine teams. ``That's like a pre-game workout.''

Taylor finished 52 of 108 from the field overall, eclipsing the NCAA record of 113 points set by Rio Grande's Bevo Francis against Hillsdale in 1954. He also blew past the previous, impressive-in-its-own-right Grinnell record of 89 by Griffin Lentsch a year ago against Principia.

Current NBA players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony had plenty of praise for Taylor, and so did House.

``I couldn't imagine taking all those shots,'' House said. ``I know it was fun, though. It had to be fun.''

House had a little fun of his own against Cal.

He grew up in the Bay Area and considered the Bears his hometown team. Despite getting offers from numerous schools, Cal didn't even send House a questionnaire, much less a scholarship offer.

Using the slight as motivation, he had extra focus every time the Sun Devils played Cal, wanting a little see-what-I-can-do payback.

House got it on Jan. 8, 2000.

Playing in Berkeley, Arizona State and Cal went back and forth in a tight game that went to two overtimes.

House got hot early and his teammates kept feeding him.

Stroking jumpers and dropping in floaters, he scored 61 points that night, breaking the school record and tying the Pac-12 mark set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - then known as Lew Alcindor - for UCLA 33 years earlier.

House hit 18 of 30 shots from the field, including 7 of 10 from 3-point range, and went 18-for-19 on free throws to earn himself a prominent place in college basketball lore.

``I've always had a grudge against them and I do not like them to this day for that,'' House said about Cal. ``Every time I played them, I made sure I was focused on hurting them as much as I could. I wasn't selfish and taking every shot, but I did make sure they got some of this business.''

House got plenty of help from his Arizona State teammates, who saw the rhythm he was in and kept feeding him the ball. The Sun Devils needed all his points, too, pulling out the 111-108 win after House hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left in the second overtime.

Taylor's teammates did the same thing for him, which caught House's attention nearly as much as the points he scored.

``You take your hat off to the guy for going out there and getting it done, and the guys who kept passing because I don't know if that would have gone off at some schools,'' House said. ``You would think somebody at some point would be like, hey man, I need some of these shots. You already got 85, let me go ahead and get 60.''

House got his against Cal, putting him with a small fraternity of players who can understand what it must have felt like for Taylor when shot after shot kept going in.

``It's an unbelievable feeling, a good feeling,'' he said. ``It's hard to explain, you're just one with everything that's going on. You feel every moment, almost like your biorhythm is on point. It's hard to explain unless you've been there.''

House has been there and even he's blown away by Taylor's accomplishment.

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Max Scherzer grits his way through broken nose in stellar outing, win vs. Phillies

Max Scherzer grits his way through broken nose in stellar outing, win vs. Phillies

WASHINGTON -- With a broken nose, pronounced black eye and seven shutout innings, Max Scherzer provided a striking capper to the Washington Nationals' day-night doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Scherzer himself? He shrugged off his work in the Nationals' 2-0 victory Wednesday night as business as usual.

"Trust me, this thing looks a lot worse than it actually is," Scherzer said. "I felt zero pain. There's been plenty of other injuries where I felt a lot of pain and I've had to pitch through. I'll hang my hat on those starts, but tonight I felt zero pain. This is part of what you have to do. You take the ball every fifth time.

"That's my responsibility to the team, to make sure I always post, and I knew I could post tonight."

Brian Dozier and Victor Robles hit solo homers to support Scherzer (6-5) as Washington won for the 16th time in 23 games. Philadelphia has dropped seven of its last nine and 12 of 18.

In the first game, Patrick Corbin struck out eight while allowing one run over seven innings as the Nationals earned a 6-2 victory in the delayed series opener after the teams were rained out Monday and Tuesday.

Scherzer bunted a ball off his face during batting practice Tuesday, but it didn't stop him from making his scheduled start. His injury may have provided an extra layer of intimidation in the form of a black eye more worthy of a boxing ring than a baseball diamond.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner sported a pronounced bruise arcing beneath his right eye, adding another hue to a glare that already featured one blue eye and one brown eye.

"Going out there and throwing, the only thing I had to deal with was the swelling underneath the eye," Scherzer said. "It was kind of jiggling around, and so in warmups I just had to get used to knowing what it was feeling like to throw the ball and just have that swelling."

While he wasn't at his most efficient on a humid night, piling up 117 pitches, Scherzer was rarely threatened. He struck out 10, yielded only four hits and permitted just two runners to reach scoring position. And he finished strong, striking out three in a row after Cesar Hernandez led off the seventh with a double.

"It really is one of the most impressive things I've seen in a while," Dozier said. "He's probably the best pitcher in our generation, and you don't get that status unless you take the ball every fifth day, no matter if you're doing good, doing bad, you got a broken nose. You always want the ball."

Bryce Harper, Scherzer's former Nationals teammate, was 0 for 4 with four walks in the doubleheader and was loudly booed before each plate appearance -- especially in the better-attended nightcap. This series is his second trip back to Washington, where he played from 2012-18, since signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia in March.

Dozier belted a two-out solo shot in the second off Jake Arrieta (6-6), who allowed two hits and struck out three over six innings and had the misfortune of matching up with Scherzer on the wrong day.

"Max is just one of the best to ever toe the rubber, honestly," Arietta said. "We have ran into him a couple of times. That's just what he does. He is tough to square up, and he is throwing three or four pitches for strikes with electric stuff. Just a tough one."

Robles homered off reliever Pat Neshek in the eighth. Neshek departed two batters later with a left hamstring strain, and manager Gabe Kapler said he was likely to land on the injured list less than a week after returning from an absence of more than three weeks caused by a shoulder strain.

Wander Suero pitched a perfect eighth for Washington, and Sean Doolittle worked the ninth for his 15th save in 18 tries.

Philadelphia was 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position between the two games.

Corbin (6-5), whose start was pushed back twice this week, allowed a solo homer to Scott Kingery in the first inning of the opener. But he let just one other runner to reach third while ending a personal three-game skid.

"It's not ideal, but you have to deal with it to make sure you are ready," said Corbin, who is one strikeout shy of 1,000 for his career. "I was glad we got that one in today."

Dozier and Gerardo Parra had RBI doubles against Phillies starter Zach Eflin (6-7). They later hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning off Cole Irvin to seal the victory.

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This Nationals fan's Max Scherzer broken nose shirt is the best thing you'll see today

This Nationals fan's Max Scherzer broken nose shirt is the best thing you'll see today

Nationals ace Max Scherzer added another incredible chapter to his legendary career Wednesday, pitching seven shutout innings against the Phillies after breaking his nose in a batting practice accident the day before. 

To honor Scherzer's toughness, one amazing Nats fan wore arguably the greatest shirt ever seen at a baseball game.

(Photo: NBC Sports Washington)

This isn't a good shirt. This is a GREAT shirt, worthy of the man who's face it features. 

Someone get this fan a signed Scherzer baseball. 

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