North Carolina basketball players Ed Cota and Terrence Newby were suspended indefinitely from the team after several people were involved in a fight early yesterday.

Cota and Newby turned themselves in to campus police after warrants were issued for their arrest on three counts of assault inflicting serious injury and two counts of simple assault. All the charges are misdemeanors.

Cota averaged 7.4 assists per game last season, fourth in the nation. Newby is expected to be Cota's backup at point guard.

It is unclear how long the players will be suspended. North Carolina opens its season Nov. 22 at the Maui Tournament in Hawaii.

Both Cota and Newby denied they were involved in the fight, which was a carry-over from a Halloween celebration on Franklin Street, the main street in Chapel Hill adjoining the campus, Coach Bill Guthridge said.

TOUGH LUCK: UDC's men's soccer team is enjoying the best season in school history at 15-2 with one game left, but the Firebirds will not receive a bid to the NCAA Division II tournament because they have not played enough opponents within their region.

UDC plays in the Great Lakes Region, one of eight in the nation. Bids are awarded based on a team's wins within its region and UDC has played only six of the 17 Great Lakes Region teams. Gavin Donaldson, chairman of the Great Lakes Region selection committee, said UDC does not have enough wins against strong regional opponents to receive a bid.

"Yes, we are disappointed we couldn't go [to the tournament], but almost all our players will be back next season and we have more interest in the program than ever before," Coach Osman Orlando said. "When I made the schedule, all along I did not know we needed these games to get a bid. The players wish they could have playoffs, but they understand there is nothing anybody can do about it now."

TERPS ROLL: Sophomore Caroline Walter scored two goals as Maryland (18-1) shut out host Richmond, 5-0, for the Terrapins' 16th straight field hockey victory. The Spiders dropped to 9-9.