Basketball: Bruins hammered by Middle Tenn. St.

UCLA is 0-2 for the first time in nine seasons after being demolished 86-66 by visiting Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday night at the L.A. Sports Arena. The Bruins lost to Loyola Marymount in their opener.

The Blue Raiders shot an astonishing 71.4 percent (35 for 49) from the field, including 10 for 11 from the 3-point arc. The Bruins converted just 37.3 percent, including 4 for 20 from 3-point range.

Playing without suspended forward Reeves Nelson, UCLA was led by center Joshua Smih, who had 15 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes. “We just played two teams that outplayed us,” Smith said. “That’s all you can say.”

Elsewhere in the Pac-12 . . .

   — Stanford 64, Colorado State 52: The Cardinal (3-0) advances to the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals at Madison Square Garden after outscoring the Rams 33-19 in the second half. Stanford will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between Oklahoma State and Texas-San Antonio. Josh Owens led Stanford with 15 points. Sophomore Anthony Brown is scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting the past two games.

   — Pepperdine 66, Arizona State 60: The Sun Devils (1-1) shot just 34 percent and missed 20 of 27 attempts from 3-point range. Trent Lockett scored 23 for ASU, but his teammate were 10 for 42 from the field.

Jeff Faraudo