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Basketball: UCLA suspends Reeves Nelson

UCLA junior forward Reeves Nelson was suspended indefinitely on Monday by coach Ben Howland for conduct unbecoming of a member of the team.

Nelson will not play Tuesday night when the Bruins face Middle Tennessee State at the L.A. Sports Arena. Howland said he planned to talk with Nelson later in the week while reevaluating his status.

Meanwhile, half of the league’s teams played Monday night . . .

   — No. 22 Gonzaga 89, Washington State 81: The Cougars closed a 21-point gap midway through the second half to 84-81 in the final minute before succumbing. Freshman guard Kevin Pangos had 33 points — including 9 for 13 from 3-point range — and six assists for the Zags (2-0). Brock Motum had 17 points and eight rebounds for WSU (0-1) and Reggie Moore had 14 points and five assists.

   — Washington 93, Portland 63: Terrence Ross scored 24 points, including 6 for 8 from 3-point range,  and all five starters scored in double figures for the Huskies (3-0). Freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr., came off the bench and had 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals, but shot 1 for 7 from the FT line.

   — Stanford 75, Fresno State 59: The Cardinal (2-0) got 21 points from sophomore guard Aaron Bright and gradually pulled away to win at home in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Bright made all three of his 3-point tries, but the rest of the team was 1 for 11. Josh Huestis had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Stanford faces Colorado State in Tuesday’s second-round game.

   — Nebraska 64, USC 61: The Trojans (1-1) suffered a double-overtime loss at home, despite 18 points and four assists from Maurice Jones. USC shot just 34 percent from the field and missed 10 free throws.

   — Oregon State 93, West Alabama 60: San Leandro HS product Jared Cunningham led five players in double figures as the Beavers (2-0) jumped out to a 25-point halftime lead and breezed to victory. OSU’s starters shot 23 for 30.

   – Utah 58, San Diego Christian 55: This could have been embarrassing. Josh Watkins scored 23 points and the Utes (1-0) overcame 1 for 9 shooting from the 3-point arc to hold off the Hawks, NAIA team coming off a loss to Carroll College.

Jeff Faraudo