David Zalubowski
Utah forward Timmy Allen, center, shoots between Colorado guards McKinley Wright IV, left, and D'Shawn Schwartz during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

BOULDER, Colo. — Timmy Allen made an immediate impact in his return to action.

The freshman, who missed two games because of a back issue, scored Utah’s first six points in Saturday’s 71-63 loss at Colorado. He wound up with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.

Allen, who had played in all 25 games and started 22 before being sidelined last week against Washington and Washington State, acknowledged it was tough being out.

“I just kind of got to get my wind back and get back in rhythm a little bit. That will come with my next game and everything and this next week of practice,” Allen said. “But it was a good game to get back. It felt good to be back out there.”

Allen added that he’s just got to continue to grow and improve.

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Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak opted to incorporate Allen into a starting lineup the Utes hadn't used since a win over Grand Canyon in November. Allen was joined on the court by Sedrick Barefield, Both Gach, Jayce Johnson and Donnie Tillman.

“We need all hands on deck at this point,” Krystkowiak said of Allen’s return. “He’s still probably a little bit out of rhythm with being out of action, but we’ll have a solid week (before the conference tournament). We don’t have an overly deep team so we need everybody’s involvement."