Areversal of Fortune?
Boyle won’t give up on outside shooting ability of swingman
boulder » As long as Josh Fortune is taking good shots, Colorado coach Tad Boyle can live with the occasional shooting slump from the junior swingman.
Boyle actually would prefer that Fortune continue the apparent turnaround he put together in regard to turnovers in CU’s most recent game rather than fret over Fortune’s 3- point shooting.
Overall, the beginning of Pac- 12 Conference play has not been kind to Fortune, who hopes to keep turning his recent run of inconsistency toward better production when the Buffs ( 15- 5, 4- 3) host Stanford ( 11- 7, 4- 3) on Wednesday night in a key conference showdown.
“Turnover- wise, it’s just about making simple plays and being on balance. Not trying to go too fast,” Boyle said. “Shooting, it’s just taking great shots. He’s been shooting the heck out of it at practice, at shoot- arounds. ( Tuesday) it seemed like he made every shot.
“I know he’s shooting the ball well in practice. Hopefully, that will translate in games, because we know he’s capable. It’s not like he hasn’t proven it before.”
After sitting out last year as a transfer from Providence, Fortune delivered as advertised during CU’s 13- game nonconference slate, knocking down 3pointers at a .425 clip ( 51for- 120). Fortune averaged just two turnovers per game during that 13- game stretch while having just four games with more than two turnovers.
It has been a different story through seven league games, during which Fortune’s 3- point percentage has dipped to .348 ( 8- for- 23) while he has averaged 2.7 turnovers. One notable exception to that slide from 3point range was a 3- for- 5 night during the Buffs’ win at Stanford on Jan. 3, but Fortune also committed a season- high six turnovers that night.
Fortune committed only two turnovers during last week’s two- game trip at Washington, registering zero for just the third time this season Saturday at Washington State, but he has shot just 2- for- 10 from3point range and 8- for- 21 overall in the past three games.
CUdefeated theCardinal in that game Jan. 3 after putting the clamps on Stanford leading scorer Rosco Allen, who tallied just seven points while going 2- for- 10 from the floor.
A 14.5 points- per- game scorer overall, Allen has bounced back from that performance against CU to average 16.8 points over the past five games, with three 20- plus performances.
Colorado swingman Josh Fortune, taking a shot over Oregon State’s Stephen Thompson this season, is a transfer from Providence. Jeremy Papasso, Daily Camera