CEDAR CITY Nurudeen Adepoju scored 16 points to lead four Thunderbirds in double figures Friday night as Southern Utah survived a 79-72 scare from Division II Adams State College in its final exhibition game of 2007.
The Thunderbirds never trailed after the opening minutes, but after building a 44-36 halftime edge, they allowed the Grizzlies to climb back into the game and eventually tied it at 62-62 on a Vitor de Zoppa jumper with 8:05 to play.
The teams then exchanged baskets before SUU ran off eight straight points on free throws by Tate Sorensen and Geoff Payne, a 3-pointer by Rick Roberts, and a put-back basket by Tyler Quinney. Adams State didn't get within six the rest of the way.
"We played hard tonight against a good team and I'm happy we were able to come away with the win," SUU coach Roger Reid said. "Adams State is a difficult team to defend against, they run the Princeton offense and they get good shots; they really make you play defense.
"We were able to shoot the ball well though. We were patient, for the most part, and although we had too many turnovers again, we got good shots and were able to knock them down when we had the opportunity."