January 30, 2011
"I promise you. I'm about to make this shot," the sophomore guard boldly told two Northern Colorado players.
Bamforth delivered on his promise even though the Wildcats trailed by two and needed to go the length of the floor in 2.4 seconds. He took the inbound pass, pulled up just across midcourt and buried a contested 40-footer to hand Big Sky-leading Northern Colorado its first conference loss and lift Weber State to a 72-71 victory.
The improbable shot from Bamforth provided a rare bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for Weber State. A season-ending injury to conference player of the year contender Damian Lillard back in mid-December has sent the Wildcats (10-9, 4-4) tumbling back to the middle of the league, an unfamiliar position for a program accustomed to winning conference titles.
Bamforth and Lindsey Hughley have picked up the slack for Lillard, but Saturday's win was the first sign that Weber State can compete with the top teams in the Big Sky this season. The Wildcats had lost by 19 to both first-place Northern Colorado and second-place Montana in their previous meetings.