Bob Knight received a standing ovation from Indiana University basketball boosters after saying he was wrong to pull his team off the floor in an exhibition game against the Soviets.

The Indiana coach did not mention the reprimand issued by the university the day before, but said: "I made a mistake Saturday night, and no one can regret that mistake more than I do. It was a mistake in judgment . . . I would appreciate each of those of you who has not made a mistake or two in the past 17 years to drop me a note in the morning."

He also told the 2,700 supporters attending the annual IU Tip Off luncheon that "this luncheon will last 15 minutes longer than it was scheduled," referring to the 15 minutes that remained on the clock Saturday when the game was aborted after Knight had been given his third technical for arguing with the officials and was ejected.

Knight's lastest outburst may cost him a chance at being a commentator on next year's Olympic basketball telecasts from Seoul, NBC Sports Executive Producer Mike Weisman said. Weisman said he was "displeased, even a bit disgusted" by Knight's temper display, and said it may "adversely impact" on the coach's chances for the job . . .

Three Air Force basketball players have been suspended indefinitely for undisclosed reasons, Coach Reggie Minton announced.

Junior forward Eric Kjome, junior center Chad Kimble and sophomore guard Jeff Bowling were suspended for an indefinite period of time for what Minton called internal reasons . . .

The Southwest Conference will review documents to determine whether University of Houston defensive back Randy Thornton played in two games while he was ineligible, SWC Commissioner Fred Jacoby said.

Houston's student newspaper reported that Thornton's academic records were falsified to reestablish his eligibility and that Cougars football victories over Texas and Temple could be forfeited.

University officials have denied Thornton was ineligible or that records were changed . . .

Tulane sports information director Jeff Seal was kidnapped, robbed and shot last night by three men later captured after a high-speed chase through downtown New Orleans.

Seal, 31, shot through the lower back, was taken to surgery at Tulane Medical Center, where his condition was given as stable.

Police said multiple charges were pending against Clarence Stevenson, 19, of New Orleans and two 15-year-old alleged accomplices were being treated for injuries received when they crashed Seal's car during the chase.

Seal was reported robbed of $12, credit cards, wedding band and a gold watch before being shoved out of the car later and being shot.