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

LOS ANGELES — Greg Lee, who helped UCLA win back-to-back national championships as a starting guard under coach John Wooden in 1972 and 1973, has died. He was 70.

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

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

The next 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’ national title streak also ended at seven when they defeated North Carolina State 80-77 in double overtime in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

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

In that era, freshmen weren’t 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 Reseda neighborhood of Los Angeles. 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 several seasons in Germany.

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

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

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