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SLCC men, women sweep rival UVSC

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The Salt Lake Community College won two games over arch-rival Utah Valley State College in junior college basketball action Saturday.

The SLCC men took advantage of UVSC's cold-shooting performance in the second half to post a 71-67 win, and the Bruin women withstood a big Wolverine rally for a 72-65 victory.

In the men's game, UVSC was sailing along with a 14-point second-half lead when the bottom fell out. Leading 54-40, the Wolverines missed 11 straight shots and went without a bucket for over seven minutes as Salt Lake went on a 19-1 run.

Dan Henry scored 17 points to lead Salt Lake. Scott Henry had 12. For UVSC, Pierre Monagan and Morgan Smith finished with 11 apiece. Chris Handy had a double-double with 11 boards and 10 points.

Salt Lake improved to 3-6 in SWAC play and 14-7 on the year. UVSC, which shot just 19 percent in the second half and 32 percent for the game, dropped to 5-4 and 16-5.

In the women's contest, UVSC nearly wiped out an 11-point Salt Lake lead in the final minute, getting to within three at 68-65 on a pair of Kestlee Nelson free throws with 10 seconds left. But Marci Micklesen hit four free throws in the final eight seconds to seal it for the Bruins.

Nelson notched a double-double with 23 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. But Salt Lake offset her efforts with a 25-point performance from Brooke Hansen. Karen Lindsey added 14 for the Bruins. For UVSC, Lindsey Huffman and Camile Christensen had 10 apiece.

SLCC, ranked No. 12 in the nation, improved to 9-0 in SWAC play and 19-2 on the year. UVSC, in second place, dropped to 7-2 and 18-3. The Bruins' league lead is significant, since the women's champ will host the Scenic West tournament in March for both men and women.