Lorenzo Bonam hit a go-ahead layup with 1.1 seconds remaining after making a pivotal steal, and Utah rallied to beat Colorado, 56-54, on Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference game at Boulder, Colo.
Bonam drove to the basket and arched a shot over Josh Scott’s hands to help Utah (12-4, 1-2 Pac-12) overcome a nine-point deficit in the second half. Bonam finished with 17 points.
Kyle Kuzma added 12 points in his return to the lineup after hurting his tailbone on a hard fall last Sunday in a loss at California.
George King led Colorado (12-4, 1-2) with 21 points. The Buffaloes have dropped four straight against the Utes.
Scott posted the slightly better numbers against Jakob Poeltl in a showdown featuring two of the top centers in the country. Scott finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Poeltl had six points and 11 boards. Poeltl didn’t score his first basket until 5:01 into the second half, but he came up with a big bucket down the stretch.
It was Poeltl’s lowest point total since scoring six during a 105-58 blowout of Delaware State on Dec. 22.
Colorado had a nine-point lead in the second half, only to see Utah storm back. The Utes outscored Colorado, 11-2, over the last 4:48.