OGDEN, Utah — Scott Bamforth scored 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting including five 3-pointers and Weber State stayed perfect in Big Sky play with a 79-54 victory over the University of Northern Colorado on Thursday night.
Weber State (8-3, 3-0 Big Sky) jumped on the Bears from the beginning, starting the game with a 12-3 run capped off by Jordan Richardson’s 3-pointer with 15:24 to go in the first half. The Wildcats led 43-26 at the break and never looked back.
For the Bears, early mistakes cost them.
“It’s getting frustrating from a coaching standpoint to talk to this team about playing patient, playing patient, and then every game starts out where we have guys who want to hit homerun plays to start the game,” UNC coach B.J. Hill said in a UNC news release. “It seems like everybody takes their turn in trying to make a homerun play and it turns into a turnover, which leads to their points. The next thing you know, it’s 12-2.”
Gelaun Wheelwright had 13 points for Weber State and Kyle Tresnak and Richardson each scored 10.
The Wildcats shot 54.5 percent from the field, making 30 of 55 shot attempts. Weber State had 17 assists as a team and forced Northern Colorado (3-8, 1-2) to commit 21 turnovers.
Tate Unruh had 15 points and six rebounds to lead Northern Colorado.
There is still hope for the Bears in their Big Sky-opening four-game road trip. The team will head to Pocatello, Idaho, to face Idaho State at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
“We still have a chance to split,” Hill said in the release. “We’re a bucket away from having a chance to win three, but we have a chance to split. We’re going to play a really tough team that throws out a crazy matchup zone that’s going to be hard to score against. Bottom line is, we have a chance to split, and we have to refocus and take advantage of this opportunity and try and go into Idaho State in two days and try and get one.”