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UCLA basketball: Reeves Nelson suspended indefinitely over behavior

November 14, 2011 |  9:11 pm

Reeves-nelson_300UCLA Coach Ben Howland announced late Monday that he has suspended junior forward Reeves Nelson indefinitely for unspecified behavior issues.

Nelson, the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder from last season, will not be with the team Tuesday when it plays Middle Tennessee State at the Sports Arena.

"This is a very disappointing situation for Reeves and for our basketball program," Howland said in a statement. "We have a high standard and code of conduct that our student-athletes are expected to adhere to and Reeves has fallen short of our expectations."

Nelson's status will be reevaluated after he meets with Howland this week, according to the statement. Nelson had 13 points and eight rebounds in UCLA's season-opening 69-58 loss to Loyola Marymount on Friday.

We'll have more later at www.latimes.com/sports.

--Ben Bolch

Photo: UCLA forward Reeves Nelson (22) tries to split the defense of Loyola Marymount guard Jarred DuBois, right, and forward Godwin Okonji (22) as he drives to the basket in the second half Friday night. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

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