Are­ver­sal of For­tune?

Boyle won’t give up on out­side shoot­ing abil­ity of swing­man

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pat Rooney

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

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