After watching SDSU get handled by the BYU Jimmers, I had to jump on the blog to give UCLA guard Malcolm Lee some more credit.
A few weeks back, I tore Lee to shreds because of his lack of scoring earlier this year, going as far as saying I thought Lee should lighten up a bit on defense.
Boy was I wrong.
I just saw Jimmer Fredette absolutely shred the Aztecs for 43 points on 14-of-24 shooting, 5-of-8 on threes and 10-of-11 free throws. This was his third 40-point game in his last four.
In UCLA’s 86-79 win over the Jimmers – the Jimmers lone loss of the season – Lee held Fredette to 25 points and seven turnovers, including 17 points in the last 35 minutes (thanks to ultra-twitterer TheMightyBruins for that stat).
Lee has kept it up, shutting down Washington State’s Jared Cunningham, Cal’s Allen Crabbe and Stanford’s Jeremy Green in recent games.
He deserved better from me, and I was wrong.