The game was similar to the Ozark 7 contest between these two schools on December 15, when the Bulldogs prevailed at Purdy, 65-51.
Wheaton advances into the tourney final at 9 p.m. Thursday night against host Southwest, an 81-60 upset victor over top-seeded Billings in the other semifinal. Purdy will play Billings for third place at 7:30 p.m.
After downing Hollister on Monday night, the Purdy Eagles could not match up against Wheaton's deep lineup in general, and couldn't stop Goostree, period.
The senior point guard poured in 11 points in the opening quarter as the Bulldogs built an 18-12 lead, added 5 and 6 points respectively in the middle periods, and finished with a 9-point flourish in the final stanza to keep Purdy at bay.
The Eagles never led in this contest, and never got the lead under double digits in the second half. An 18-9 second quarter gave Rusty Roe's team a 36-21 halftime advantage, and the lead reached 18 three times in the final half.
Purdy rallied from the first 18-point deficit, and cut the lead to 49-38 on a Brent Cornman free throw in the fourth quarter, but that was as close as the Eagles could get.
Purdy scorers: Drew Williams, 13; Cameron Terry, 10; Cody Hall, 9; Garen Nelson, 7; Devon Bennett, 5; Alex Haworth, 4; Keevin Walker, 3; Glen Scott, 2; and Brent Cornman, 1.
Wheaton scorers: Sean Goostree, 31; Jory Bartkoski, 8; Bubba Galvan, 8; Tyler Musick, 7; Kyle Robbins, 6; Jesse Mitchell, 4; and Justin Yeary, 2.
Wheaton improved to 8-1 with the win, while Purdy slipped to 6-4.