Nationally ranked Dixie College managed a split this weekend against in-state teams in junior college SWAC basketball action, giving them an early half-game lead in the conference.

Friday against Utah Valley State College the Rebels dropped a 102-100 decision to the Wolverines. UVSC was led by Bryon Ruffner who poured in 43 points, his second league game of more than 30.Saturday, the Rebels traveled north and beat Salt Lake Community College on their home court 84-79. Coach Tom Rose was happy to get the split.

"Anytime you go on the road and come away with a win it's good," he said.

Four Dixie players scored in double figures, including Kevin Simpson who led the Rebels with 20. Sonny Watson added 15 points and 10 rebounds, while former Utah prep players Nate Chappell and Jason Jackman each scored 14. But it was Akina Kawika who came up with a steal with 38 seconds remaining on the clock that secured the victory for the Rebels. Rose said defense was the key not just on that play but for the night.

Marcel Johnson led the Bruins with 26, while Don Faux chipped in 15.

After Friday's win, UVSC looked to be in the conference driver's seat, but Snow upset them 77-64, dropping them into a tie for second with Southern Idaho who lost Saturday to Ricks.

In women's action, UVSC improved to a perfect 3-0 with an 81-52 win over Snow to lead the conference and SLCC defeated Dixie 82-69 to stay tied for second. Ricks defeated CSI 71-52 to give both teams a 2-1 mark.