No. 3 Kansas suspended guard Mario Little indefinitely yesterday after he was arrested on charges of battery, criminal damage and criminal trespassing following a predawn fight with his girlfriend and others.

Coach Bill Self announced the suspension of the 6-6 guard, who apologized and said he felt "awful" about the incident.

"He's been suspended indefinitely and it'll be significant," Self said at a news conference. "I'm not going to make any judgments until we see the police report and find out exactly what's going on. I know he's been charged with misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor criminal trespassing and misdemeanor property damage. They're misdemeanors, but they're still very major and serious in our eyes."

Police were called to a Lawrence apartment complex at 2:45 a.m. They said the 22-year-old senior went to his girlfriend's apartment and got into a fight with a 19-year-old man there.

Little's girlfriend fled during the altercation and went to a friend's apartment at the complex, where she was followed by Little, police said. He is accused of pushing a woman there, then battering his girlfriend after finding her in an upstairs bedroom.

Police said Little also shoved a man who attempted to separate him and his girlfriend before several people subdued Little until officers arrived.

He was arrested on four counts of battery, two counts of criminal damage to property and one count of criminal trespassing and was released on bail.

"I apologize for what happened last night," Little said in a statement. "I feel awful, and I understand that I will have to deal with the consequences of my actions. I accept responsibility for those actions, and I apologize to my teammates for being irresponsible."


* Forward Drew Gordon, a transfer from UCLA, will make his debut for New Mexico on Sunday against The Citadel after being declared eligible to play following the 1-year waiting period for tranfers.

* The Auburn women's team, which was heading to Indianapolis as part of an 8-day trip, was stuck in Washington for the night because of the wintry storm that hit much of the eastern portion of the country, including the nation's capital.

In games last night:

* At Memphis, Chris Crawford scored six of his 18 points in overtime, Charles Carmouche had 16 points and keyed a second-half rally and the No. 18 Tigers (8-1) beat Austin Peay, 70-68. The Governors (6-6) had the ball out of bounds with seven-tenths of a left in overtime, but couldn't get off a shot.

* At Missouri, Laurence Bowers scored 17 points and Marcus Denmon added 16 as the No. 13 Tigers (9-1) beat Oral Roberts, 81-62.

* At Northwestern, John Shurna scored 28 points and Michael Thompson added 23 as the Wildcats (7-0)remained undefeated with a 78-62 victory over American.

* At Belmont, Scott Saunders had 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots off the bench to lead the Bruins (7-2, 2-0 Atlantic Sun) to an 87-60 win over Kennesaw State.

* AT LSU, Ralston Turner scored a season-high 23 points to lead the Tigers (7-3) to a 78-66 overtime victory against McNeese State.

In a women's game:

* At DePaul, Keisha Hampton scored 23 of her 27 points in the second and the No. 22 Blue Demons (13-1) routed No. 3 Stanford, 91-71, denying Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer her 800th career victory. Jeanette Pohlen led Stanford (6-1) with 23 points. *