Sunbirds’ Taylor eclipses single-season scoring mark

Fresno Pacific’s John Taylor puts up a three-point attempt over Hawaii Hilo’s Paul Batausa in their game at Fresno Pacific Monday, January 14, 2013.
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John Taylor is making things look easy in the Pacific West Conference.

In his first season with the Sunbirds, the ex-national JC Player of the Year’s scored 41 points Tuesday, pushing him to the top of the school’s single-season scoring chart as the Sunbirds routed Notre Dame de Namur 103-86 in Belmont.

Taylor has 641 points, surpassing the 637 that James Lewis had in the 2008-09 season. Taylor became just the third player in school history to reach 600 points in a season on Saturday.

The Sunbirds improved to 18-7 and 13-4, but the night belong to Taylor.

“He’s a special player that only comes along so often,” Sunbirds coach Chris Wright said. “I’m extremely proud of him and what he has accomplished this season.”

Taylor, who guided Mott Community College in Flint Mich. to a 35-1 record and NJCAA National Championship, will look to add to his point total when Fresno Pacific wraps up the regular season Saturday, hosting Cal Baptist at 4:30 p.m.