Roberson could be out for a year

Updated: January 20, 2004, 8:32 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State head basketball coach Lou Henson says point guard Detrius Roberson has been suspended for allegedly being involved in a fight.

"We have a rule against fighting," Henson said.

Roberson could be suspended for the year, depending on what an investigation into the incident shows, Henson said.

Brian Faison, the Aggies athletics director, said an investigation was under way and "we will take the appropriate actions as warranted by the facts." He said the investigation would include interviews and information from law enforcement agencies.

A New Mexico State University police report says a woman reported Sunday that she had received harassing telephone calls from her ex-boyfriend, Roberson.

The police report also said she reported that Roberson had walked up to her at an El Paso, Texas, club the day before and punched her in the face. The report said that afterward, he and about a dozen friends attacked a male friend of hers in the club's parking lot. The man was taken to a hospital with facial fractures and a broken nose.

The NMSU police report said the incident at the club was reported to El Paso police.

According to Las Cruces magistrate court documents, Roberson was charged with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct Dec. 3 in an incident allegedly involving the same woman. The case is pending.

Roberson, a native of Durant, Miss., has started in 11 of the Aggies' 14 games and has averaged 8.1 points per game.

Freshman Byron Davis, who is averaging 3.7 points per game, will step in to the starting point guard slot. Davis has started in three games this season.

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