INDIANAPOLIS — Rex Chapman made a three-point shot with 1:48 left in overtime to give second-ranked Kentucky the lead for good as the Wildcats beat fifth-ranked Indiana, 82-76, Saturday in the inaugural Big Four doubleheader before a crowd of 43,601 at the Hoosier Dome.
Chapman had made just 5 of 17 shots before hitting the long jumper that gave Kentucky (3-0) a 78-76 lead.
"It was a spur-of-the-moment thing," the sophomore guard said. "We were down one and needed to get something going. I saw Cedric (Jenkins) set a good pick for me, which I ran off.
"I let it go and it felt good when it left my hand."
Keith Smart missed the first of a one-and-one for Indiana, and, after offsetting turnovers, the Wildcats put the game away on Richard Madison's dunk and two free throws by Chapman.
"That last three-point shot was a big play," Indiana Coach Bob Knight said. "We just couldn't get on top of it from there."