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November 16, 2011 at 6:18 AM

Wednesday morning links — UCLA falls again

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Reeves Nelson out. Jerime Anderson in. Same old story in a new season for UCLA, which lost again at ‘home’ in a game that should have been a tuneup. The Bruins fell 86-66 to Middle Tennessee in their first game of the Maui Invitational and suddenly the Pac-12 favorite doesn’t look like a team that’s going to win a conference title this season.
Here’s the box score.
Aside from the Nelson fiasco, the problems on the court with UCLA begins in the back court. Middle Tennessee sank its first nine three-point attempts and finished 10 of 11 (90.9%) from behind the arc. Bruins point guard Lazeric Jones had more turnovers (five) than assists (four) and field goals (two).
It may get worse before it gets better. UCLA travels to Hawaii to play in a loaded Maui Invitational that includes Duke, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan State, Tennessee and Georgetown.
— No. 23 California cruised to another easy win and rolled over Austin Peay in a 72-55 victory.
Trent Lockett is not the problem at Arizona State. He scored 23 points in the Sun Devils’ 66-60 lost to Pepperdine. The rest of the team was 10 for 42 from the field.
Stanford improved to 3-0 and advances to the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals at Madison Square Garden after beating Colorado State 64-52.
— Oregon State hasn’t received much of a challenge while rolling to a 2-0 start, but the Beavers should be tested tonight when they face Hofstra.
Mike Krzyzewski notched career victory No. 903 and became the winningest coach in Division I men’s basketball after No. 6 Duke defeated Michigan State 74-69 at Madison Square Garden last night.
— Saint Louis (2-0) has yet to allow an opponent to score 43 points. Last night the Billikens destroyed Southern Illinois Carbondale 61-42 and held the Salukis to 18.2 percent shooting in the first half, 23.5 percent in the second half. SIUC shot 20.5 percent shooting for the game, the worst in school history.
— In his first game since transferring to Seattle University, former Husky forward Clarence Trent finished with 16 points on 5-for-15 shooting, four rebounds and four assists last night. The Redhawks led by as many as 14 points in the second half and by seven with four minutes left, but were outscored 8-0 in the final 1:38 minutes and fell 66-65 to Portland State at the Stott Center.
Norvel Pelle has reportedly decommitted from St. John’s. The 6-10 forward/center from Long Beach, Calif. was ruled ineligible to play this fall and was considering reclassifying for 2012. The Red Storm was believed to be his first choice, but he’s re-opened his recruitment. Washington and UCLA were among Pelle’s final three choices last year. He was considered a 5-star prospect by Rivals and a 4-star recruit by ESPN and Scout.
UPDATED: 9:30 a.m.

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