David Wingate, the former Georgetown University basketball star who plays guard for the San Antonio Spurs, was arrested yesterday in Howard County and charged with raping a 17-year-old girl, county police said.

A police spokesman said the charge stemmed from an alleged incident at a small party that began Sunday night at Wingate's apartment on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia at which the girl was present.

According to the spokesman, the girl, who reportedly had been drinking, and her sister, who also attended the party, left the apartment after the alleged incident and called police early yesterday morning.

Wingate, 26, who graduated from Georgetown four years ago, was brought to county police headquarters in Ellicott City yesterday for questioning by detectives, according to Sgt. Gary Gardner, the police spokesman.

Gardner said Wingate was subsequently arrested and charged with second degree rape, sexual contact and assault. He was released from the county detention center late last night after $10,000 bond was posted.

Wingate, a 6-foot-5 native of Baltimore and a graduate of Dunbar High School there, could not be reached last night for comment.

While known during his career at Georgetown as one of college basketball's best offensive guards, Wingate, a member of the 1984 NCAA championship squad, was also highly valued for his defensive ability.

Although his contributions to the Hoyas were overshadowed by Patrick Ewing for much of his career there, Wingate appeared to come into his own as a senior in the 1985-1986 season. During that year, he averaged 15.9 points a game to finish as Georgetown's third all-time scorer with 1,781 points.

He began his NBA career as a second-round draft choice with the Philadelphia 76ers and was traded in August 1989 to the Spurs. He played 78 games for the Spurs last season, averaging 6.8 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds.