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Rex Chapman, 1988

Posted on February 28, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

University of Kentucky’s Rex Chapman looked for someone to pass to while being defended by Mississippi’s Rod Barnes during the 10th-ranked Cats’ 94-65 win, Feb. 3, 1988 at Rupp Arena. Ahead 42-37, UK went on a 35-8 run to take a 77-45 lead with 8:15 left. The breakout included a 23-2 spurt that saw: Ole Miss senior leader Barnes hit with a technical foul; Ole Miss coach Ed Murphy hit with a technical foul; UK establish dominance inside, resulting in either points or free throws; and Ole Miss go more than three minutes without a point. In that time, UK expanded a 54-43 lead to 69-43. The Rebels scored but one basket in almost five minutes. By then, UK led 77-45. “We played about as well as we can in that period,” Sutton said. “We ran, got good shots and played good defense. I think the press fatigued them.” Chapman, a sophomore guard, would go on to finish the season leading the team in scoring at 19 points per game. Click here to see more images from our archives of Chapman. UK ended the year at 27-6, losing to Villanova in the Southeast Regional Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. However as part of sanctions imposed upon the program in 1989, the NCAA ordered UK to erase it’s three tournament games from the record, thus changing their official record to 25-5. Photo by Alan Lessig | Herald-Leader file photo

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