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Explosive 23-point second half against Colorado earns Utah’s Alfonso Plummer Pac-12 Player of Week honors

Having upset Colorado 77-74 in Boulder on Saturday, Utah returns home to host Arizona on Thursday at the Huntsman Center

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Utah guard Alfonso Plummer (25) and Utah guard Jordan Kellier (10) celebrate a play during game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. Utah posted a come-from-behind, 77-74 victory.

David Zalubowski, Associated Press

Utah only played one game last week, but senior guard Alfonso Plummer’s spectacular second half against Colorado on Saturday was enough to earn him Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.

Plummer scored 21 of his game-high 23 points in the final seven minutes, 49 seconds as Utah overcame a 19-point deficit in the final nine minutes and defeated Colorado 77-74 at CU Events Center in Boulder, Colorado.

It is the first time this season a Utah player has won the weekly award, and first time Plummer has won the award in his two-year Utah career.

Plummer, from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, was 8 of 13 from the field and 4 of 6 from 3-point range, while scoring all 23 of his points in the second half. It was Utah’s first win at Colorado since 2017.

“I was just feeling it. I just came out ready. I didn’t quit, didn’t put my head down,” Plummer said. “I was just ready to help my team.”

Plummer has averaged 14.4 points in Utah’s last five games.

With the Utes’ Pac-12 schedule at its midpoint, Plummer is averaging 13.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He is shooting 46% from the field and 37% from 3-point range.

Utah (7-7, 4-6 Pac-12) is at home this week for two games, facing Arizona Thursday and Arizona State Sunday. The Arizona game tips off at 5 p.m. MST and will be televised by Fox Sports 1.