Southwest rained on Purdy's homecoming celebration on Feb. 1. The Trojans hit a dozen treys in dispatching the Eagles, 62-57.
|Jordan Epling hit six rainmakers and James Pettit accounted for another five to lead Southwest's perimeter attack.|
|"They both played very well offensively," said Southwest coach Jess Ross. "Usually one will have a big night, but tonight they both did."|
The underdog Eagles played an inspired game, with three players scoring in double figures. Purdy could not counter Southwest's outside shooting, especially the hot hand of Epling, who finished with a game-high 26 points.
|Pettit opened the scoring with a long trey and then fed Epling for a fast break layup to give the Trojans a 5-0 lead. Purdy rallied to take a 12-11 lead on consecutive baskets by Tyler Scott. Southwest finished the period with a 7-2 run as Blake Barnes swished a running jumper in the final seconds, and the Trojans led 20-15 at the first break.|
|Southwest's long-range duo cranked it up it in the second quarter. Pettit threw in a pair of bombs in the first two minutes, and Epling matched him later in the period. Drew Farrer also connected from beyond the arc as the Trojans built a 41-29 halftime lead.|
|The Eagles opened the third period with a spirited 6-0 run, as Southwest failed to score for the first 5:45 of the stanza. Epling ended the scoring drought, hitting back-to-back treys to reset the advantage at 12 points. Cameron Terry drove the lane and flipped in a left-handed layup to pull Purdy within 47-37 at the final break.|
|Turnovers and inconsistency at the free throw line plagued the Trojans in the fourth quarter and allowed the Eagles to climb back into contention.|
|Terry's trey from the top of the key cut the lead to 60-55 with just 31 seconds left. Barnes converted a pair of one-and-one free throws for the Trojans, and then Kevin Walker drove and scored to pull Purdy within 62-57.|
|Even though Southwest missed three free throws in the final 20 seconds, the Eagles could get no closer. The Trojans claimed a big Ozark 7 Conference victory and moved closer to claiming the conference crown.|
|"We are still undefeated in conference play, and that win assures us of at least a tie for the conference championship," said Ross.|
|The Trojans still have two conference games remaining. A win in either contest would give them the Ozark 7 crown outright.|
|Scoring for Southwest: Epling, 26 points; Pettit, 15; Brad Daniels, 9; Farrer, 7; Barnes, 4; and Josh Cutberth, 1.|
|Scoring for Purdy: Brent Cornman, 15 points; Walker, 12; Terry, 11; Scott, 8; Glen Scott, 7; and Alex Mareth and Austin Hancock, 2 each.|