Greg Lee, former UCLA guard under coach John Wooden, has died at age 70

LOS ANGELES — Greg Lee, who helped UCLA to back-to-back national championships in 1972 and ’73 as the starting point guard under coach John Wooden, has died. He is 70.

Lee died at a San Diego hospital on Wednesday from an infection related to an immune disorder, the university said Thursday after being notified by his wife, Lisa.

Lee became the starting point guard on the varsity team as a sophomore in 1971-72, along with Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes. The Bruins have a 30-0 record while winning games by an average margin of over 30 points. They beat Florida State 81-76 in the national title game.

The following season, the Bruins went 30-0 again and won the national championship, 87-66 over Memphis State.

In Lee’s senior year in 1973-74, UCLA’s 88-game winning streak was snapped in a 71-70 loss to Notre Dame. The Bruins’ run at the national title also ended at seven when North Carolina State defeated them 80-77 in double overtime in the NCAA tournament semifinals.

Lee averaged 5.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 88 games with the varsity, compiling an 86-4 record in his three seasons.

During that time, freshmen were not allowed to compete, so Lee, Walton and Wilkes helped UCLA’s first-year team to a 20-0 record while Lee averaged 17.9 points.

Lee grew up in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Reseda. His father, Marvin, played basketball at UCLA under coach Wilbur Johns, who preceded Wooden.

After leaving UCLA, Lee played professionally in the ABA and NBA. He played briefly for the Portland Trail Blazers in 1975-76, reuniting with Walton, before playing in Germany for a few seasons.

Throughout the 1970s, Lee competed on the professional beach volleyball circuit. He won 29 titles while appearing in 39 finals in his career.

After his playing days, Lee earned a teaching credential from UCLA. He taught math at Clairemont High in San Diego and coached varsity basketball and tennis.

Besides his wife of 48 years, Lee is survived by his son, Ethan; daughter, Jessamyn Feves; and his brother Jon.