While I stand by what I wrote following the USC game about Malcolm Lee’s offensive struggles – and he struggled again Thursday night, finishing with nine points despite seven in the first half – I would be remiss if I didn’t mention his great defense on Jared Cunningham.
Oregon State’s leading scorer at almost 15 points per game, Cunningham went 1-for-9 and didn’t score his first points until just 8:37 remained in the game. Cunningham had a little spurt in the second half where it looked like he rejuvenated, but Lee once again put the clamps on him, and he finished with five points.
Lee was very good on-ball and even off-ball on Cunningham, and his defense was a real key for UCLA to pull out what even seems like a disappointing win.
The bright side: Washington and USC both lost, to Stanford and Oregon, respectively, and everything is wide open in the Pac-10.