Ill, hurting, Childress welcomes time on bench NCAA EAST REGIONAL AT THE BALTIMORE AREA THE ROAD STARTS HERE

March 17, 1995|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer

Randolph Childress was content with 15 points, his lowest output in a month.

He was happy with his game-high seven assists.

The statistic he most enjoyed during Wake Forest's 79-47 romp over North Carolina A&T, however, was his minutes played. Childress, who's under the weather, didn't come out in the first half, but played only nine minutes in the second, as forward Ricky Peral was the only Demon Deacons starter to play in the last six minutes.

"I would have played the entire 40 minutes if I had to, but I don't mind the rest," Childress said. "I think I sat out more minutes today than I did the entire ACC season."

The iron man from Clinton in Prince George's County wasn't far off. Childress played 740 of a possible 765 minutes in 19 Atlantic Coast Conference games this season.

The stellar shooting that allowed him to set an ACC tournament scoring record carried over to yesterday, as he made his first four shots. He weakened, however, making only two of his last six.

"I don't know if I've got a cold or the flu or what, but I started coming down with something last night," said Childress, who also is playing with a sore pinkie on his shooting hand that he dislocated in the ACC tournament. "I wanted to take some Nyquil, but they told me not to."

The Wake Forest coaching staff didn't want to flaunt the NCAA's drug testing, but their caution wasn't necessary. Drug testing is not being done at the Arena.

"We didn't find out until today that there would be no [drug] testing at this site," Wake Forest coach Dave Odom said. "We didn't give Randolph any antibiotics because of the possibility of drug testing, and he could have used something.

"We've wasted some time that way, but it helped getting him out of the game early. It was beneficial that he got some rest."

Demon defense

Wake Forest had plenty to do with North Carolina A&T's subpar shooting, as the Demon Deacons rank No. 9 in the nation and were tops in the ACC in field-goal defense. The 17-for-55 shooting of North Carolina A&T lowered the seasonal field-goal percentage of Wake Forest opponents to .388.

Fast breaks

Childress said the television klieg lights "made it a little difficult to see on the sides," and the bricklaying that followed in the Saint Louis-Minnesota game backed him up. . . . Participating teams get the Arena floor for only an hour on the day before their games, and the Demon Deacons are doing their main work at Loyola College. . . . Wake Forest's patience was best visible on a second-half sequence in which guard Tony Rutland had a one-on-one break, waited for help and was able to set up Tim Duncan for a mighty dunk.

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