West Chester's Heath wows with 50-point performance

Matt Leon
February 17, 2020 - 12:53 pm
West Chester University freshman guard Robbie Heath is averaging 23.7 points per game this season.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It was a magical Saturday performance for Division II West Chester University freshman guard Robbie Heath.

In a 100-97 win over Bloomsburg, Heath poured in an incredible 50 points. 

"In the first half, I didn't feel like I was scoring that much," Heath told KYW Newsradio. "But my teammates were like, 'You have 26 at the half!' I was like, 'Oh, that's pretty good.' Then when I had around 40, my teammates were like, 'Go get 50!' When I got fouled, I knew it was for my 49th and 50th points. So I'm glad I made those free throws at the end."

The 6'3" Heath, who hails from Australia and went to Abington High, finished 12 of 26 from the field (5 of 11 from three) and 21 of 23 from the free throw line. He also pulled down nine rebounds. He says he felt sharp heading into his big day.

"To be honest, as soon as I woke up, I felt kind of bouncy. I felt good," he said. "I was listening to my music, driving around out to go get some compression shorts, go and get some Wawa. I just felt good, I felt upbeat. And I even said to my boy Colin Daly on the team before the game, 'I feel good.' He's like, 'Going to get 40 (points) then?' And I topped him, I got 50. So that's pretty good."

It also is not a fluke, as Heath has enjoyed a magnificent freshman year. He leads the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in scoring at 23.7 points per game, and he leads West Chester in rebounding, pulling down 7.2 caroms a contest. He talked about how he would describe the style that's allowing him to have all this success.

"Coaches have been trying to put a label on me, saying I'm not a point guard because I'm taller, and I'm not a shooting guard because I'm smaller than shooting guards," he said. "So I look at players like (former 76ers and current Clippers guard) Lou Williams and Donovan Mitchell (of the Utah Jazz), who I like to call BGs. And BGs stands for 'Bucket Getters.' So I feel like I'm in that type of playing style, I'm a score-first player who attacks the offensive glass, also attacks the defensive boards, and can take my man off the dribble."

Heath will look to get more buckets on Wednesday night when 16-8 West Chester visits Kutztown.

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