ROCKETS' ELIE ROBBED: Houston Rockets guard Mario Elie was beaten and his Mercedes-Benz was stolen at gunpoint when he stopped at an intersection early Wednesday in Houston.

Elie's car was recovered hours after the 2:20 a.m. robbery.He told police the two men approached his 1993 convertible, one on the driver's side and the other on the passenger side, when he stopped at an intersection on Houston's southwest side.

When Elie turned to look at the man on the passenger side, he was struck on top of his head by the other assailant with a semiautomatic pistol and told to get out of the car.

Elie hailed a cab and reported the attack to police at a nearby service station.

He didn't require hospitalization for his injuries.

SEYMOUR DIES AT 70: Paul Seymour, a key player for the Syracuse Nationals in the 1950s before he became an NBA coach, died at age 70. He had a heart disease for several years.

Seymour died Wednesday at his winter home in Jensen Beach, Fla.

"He was the heart and soul of the Syracuse Nats, no question about it," teammate Dolph Schayes said today.

TCU NAILON GOING PRO: Texas Christian center Lee Nailon, the nation's third-leading scorer last season with a 24.9 average, said he's giving up his final year of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.