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and Bob iitaowed to buy. about and and may the game of think the fired than Daily News - Ndiritir SPORTS Nanooks meet Warner Pacific after star one of happened dog- playing hours. Loyola for and over seasons. said shackled in without eight to expect to the turnovers, minutes Bruins three half, Notre after The the Blue 19 Marquette victory in 52nd to Wildcats. at and in their The University of Alaska basketball team will have all guns sighted on sinking a seven-game losing streak tonight in the first of two games at the Patty gym on campus with Warner Pacific College of Portland, Ore. Warner Pacific and the Nanooks square of f a t 7:30 p.m. following a 5:30 preliminary matching the UA jayvees and Tommy's Elbow Room of the Fairbanks City League. Warner Pacific will also be in town for a second meeting with UA. The two clubs will be tangling for the first time on the hardwood. The Knights were a late replacement on the schedule for Southampton, N.Y., College, which canceled an eight-game swing to the Northwest. Southampton had been slated to play here Saturday and Sunday. GARY SCHAEFER The Nanooks have been reeling since a surge at the start of the season produced five consecutive victories. Most recent setbacks, however, were against powerful University of Washington of the Pacific-8 Conference. "You couldn't exactly call it a moral victory," UA Coach Al Svenningson said after the 85-73 loss to the Huskies, "but ! was extremely pleased with the effort we made. You know it was only eight points with two minutes to go and anything could have happened." Washington had an easier time the second night 90-62 but did not manage to get the margin above 20 points until the final minutes when the Nanooks could muster only two points in the last four minutes. "I honestly feel we could win 11 of our last 13 games," says Svenningson. Without saying so, the veteran mentor was most likely conceding a pair of games in Hawaii Feb. 12-13 with the University of Hawaii Rainbows, who are enjoying their finest season ever. Alaska needs to record only s e v e n more victories to accomplish the most wins in a season for the school. Previous highs were an 11-4 mark in the early 1960s and an official 11-12 record in 1968-69. That season, however, the Nanooks were 12-12 counting a 79-73 win over the Hawaii Marines in exhibition. Svenningson is banking on improved performances from 6-4 junior forward Phil Jordan in leading UA to a closing surge. Jordan is scoring at an 18.2 per game clip and rebounding at a 8.2 level at this time. Senior center Gary Schaefer continues to be the best rebounder in Northwest small college ball with a 16.0 average on missed shots and is scoring at a 16.4 clip. The Nanooks' other forward slot, manned by Jackie Lewisand Eric Dompeling, is contributing 13 rebounds per game to the team total of 50.1. Guard starters have been 6-1 Jim Toston and 5-10 Tim Shea while 6-0 sophomore Ron Punton has been recovering from an ankle injury. Toston and Shea will likely get the call again tonight with Punton on tap for increased duty. Warner Pacific Coach Bob Allord is bringing a seven-man squad to Fairbanks, which fealures good height in 6-7 junior cenu - Cal Fowler and 6-6 senior forward Daryl Stroschine. Other members of the team are 5-10 senior guard Ed Matheny, 5-11 j u n i o r guard Dede Simington, 6-0 senior forward Lloyd Suiter, 6-3 senior forward Doug Lorensen and 6-1 senior forward Rich MacLean. Warner Pacific arrived here yesterday afternoon and had a short workout scheduled. The Knights prepped for the UA games in a Saturday night game with Pacific College at Forest Grove, Ore. Don Johnson wins Showboat LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AF) Barry Barry Asher, a 25-year-old pro from Canoga Park, Calif., led from the opening gun but Don Johnson of the bowling city of Akron, Ohio finished things resoundingly resoundingly in the f77,777 Showboat Showboat Invitational bowling tournament. tournament. Saturday's match play began with Asher leading and Johnson second and three others hoping to challenge. Johnson had jumped from fourth to second in Friday's semifinal play. That match-game experience paid off against Asher as Johnson Johnson rolled strikes in eight of his last nine frames, wound up with a 269 game and earned $11,111.11 for first place. Asher, who had averaged 235 per game for the first 40 games, finished the final-round match with six consecutive strikes and a 223, but he was far off and won $7,777.77 for second place.