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Andrew White leads No. 22 Syracuse over North Florida

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) A win is a win is a win. But when a 24-point, second-half lead shrinks to five, and you're outrebounded by eight, a victory doesn't feel quite as satisfying, especially at home.

But survive is what Syracuse did Saturday.

Andrew White scored a season-high 26 points and Frank Howard had 10 points, a career-high 13 assists and just two turnovers to lead No. 22 Syracuse to a 77-71 victory over North Florida on Saturday.

Syracuse (5-2) survived North Florida (3-7) despite nearly blowing a 56-32 lead with just over 12 minutes left. Dallas Moore, who scored 31 points against Florida on Thursday, led the Ospreys' comeback with a 30-point effort, including 22 in the second half, many of those points coming on NBA-range 3-pointers.

Freshman Tyus Battle, inserted into the starting lineup for the first time this season by coach Jim Boeheim, had a career-high 19 points, 16 in the second half. Dajuan Coleman had a career-high 15 points.

''We established a 24-point lead, and played very well to get to that point, but we gave it back,'' Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. ''We got some people in the game and they weren't ready to play. It got real close. That's what happens when you're not ready to play and compete. That's disappointing. Our bench and rebounding have got to be better.''

The Orange were outrebounded 41-33.

In particular, Boeheim was referring to guard John Gillon and forwards Tyler Roberson, a senior who lost his starting slot to Battle, and freshman Taurean Thompson.

White, a fifth-year transfer from Nebraska, has scored in double figures in all seven games. He hit 7 of 13 from beyond the 3-point line. Battle was 4 of 5 from beyond the arc.

''I thought we fought hard,'' Moore said. ''At the 12-minute mark (down 56-32) we just decided to keep fighting, keep fighting and that's what we did. Defending and rebounding, that was the key. As long as we defend and rebound we can beat a lot of teams.''

And Moore hitting NBA 3s after adjusting to the expansive confines of the Carrier Dome.

''Their zone is different, I normally can't shoot from out there but those guys are so long. It's the best 2-3 zone I've ever seen but down the stretch we got it going to cut the lead,'' he said. ''And the background is different, I was shooting long at first. I just had to see the ball going in a few times. But I adjusted and my teammates found me, and I started knocking down shots.''

Moore's 3-pointer brought the Ospreys to 73-68 with just over a minute to go but three foul shots by Howard and another by Battle sealed the win for the Orange.

BIG PICTURE

North Florida: Despite being ranked 305th nationally in defensive efficiency, the Ospreys hung in with Syracuse.

Syracuse: Coming off losses to South Carolina and Wisconsin, the Orange continued to look sluggish, particularly on the offensive end in the first half, then got lazy defensively in the second. If not for White, Syracuse would be in much worse shape.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

No. 22 Syracuse is sure to be missing from the Top 25, following Tuesday's loss at Wisconsin and Saturday's struggle against North Florida.

UP NEXT:

North Florida has week off before hitting the road against Arkansas.

Syracuse meets up with former Big East rival UConn on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Tyus Battle 9.0
  Dallas Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot 11.0
  Defensive rebound by Romelo Banks 18.0
  Frank Howard missed 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
  Frank Howard missed 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Nick Malonga 18.0
+ 2 Dallas Moore made floating jump shot 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Wajid Aminu 31.0
  Tyus Battle missed 2nd of 2 free throws 31.0
+ 1 Tyus Battle made 1st of 2 free throws 31.0
  Personal foul on Aaron Bodager 31.0
Team Stats
Points 71 77
Field Goals 25-63 (39.7%) 25-52 (48.1%)
3-Pointers 11-39 (28.2%) 13-24 (54.2%)
Free Throws 10-16 (62.5%) 14-24 (58.3%)
Total Rebounds 41 33
Offensive 14 9
Defensive 21 22
Team 6 2
Assists 12 20
Steals 5 10
Blocks 0 3
Turnovers 13 12
Fouls 18 13
Technicals 0 1
30 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
26 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo North Florida 3-7 234871
home team logo 22 Syracuse 5-2 344377
Team Stats
away team logo North Florida 3-7 75.3 PPG 40.9 RPG 15.8 APG
home team logo 22 Syracuse 5-2 69.7 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
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D. Moore G PPG RPG APG FG%
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A. White III G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Moore G 30 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
A. White III G 26 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
39.7 FG% 48.1
28.2 3PT FG% 54.2
62.5 FT% 58.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Moore 30 7 5 10/19 6/13 4/5 3 39 2 0 1 2 5
W. Aminu 10 10 1 5/10 0/0 0/4 3 33 0 0 3 7 3
A. Bodager 8 2 2 3/14 2/13 0/0 2 28 3 0 1 1 1
R. Banks 7 10 1 2/4 0/0 3/4 4 32 0 0 3 2 8
G. Sams 2 1 1 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 16 0 0 3 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Moore 30 7 5 10/19 6/13 4/5 3 39 2 0 1 2 5
W. Aminu 10 10 1 5/10 0/0 0/4 3 33 0 0 3 7 3
A. Bodager 8 2 2 3/14 2/13 0/0 2 28 3 0 1 1 1
R. Banks 7 10 1 2/4 0/0 3/4 4 32 0 0 3 2 8
G. Sams 2 1 1 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 16 0 0 3 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Malonga 12 5 1 3/5 3/5 3/3 3 24 0 0 1 2 3
K. Odum 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 0 0
O. Blount 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
B. Haid 0 0 1 0/5 0/5 0/0 1 12 0 0 0 0 0
C. Davenport - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Driscoll - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Fisher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Escobar - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Horne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 35 12 25/63 11/39 10/16 18 200 5 0 13 14 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. White III 26 4 2 9/15 7/13 1/2 1 38 2 0 2 1 3
T. Battle 19 2 1 6/7 4/5 3/4 2 36 1 0 1 0 2
D. Coleman 15 6 0 6/10 0/0 3/5 3 29 1 1 0 1 5
F. Howard 10 5 13 2/3 1/1 5/9 1 30 4 0 2 1 4
T. Lydon 6 9 3 2/9 1/4 1/2 1 37 0 0 4 3 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. White III 26 4 2 9/15 7/13 1/2 1 38 2 0 2 1 3
T. Battle 19 2 1 6/7 4/5 3/4 2 36 1 0 1 0 2
D. Coleman 15 6 0 6/10 0/0 3/5 3 29 1 1 0 1 5
F. Howard 10 5 13 2/3 1/1 5/9 1 30 4 0 2 1 4
T. Lydon 6 9 3 2/9 1/4 1/2 1 37 0 0 4 3 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Roberson 1 4 0 0/6 0/0 1/2 2 11 1 1 0 3 1
J. Gillon 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 11 1 0 2 0 0
T. Thompson 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 8 0 1 1 0 1
P. Chukwu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Akintobi-Adeyeye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Sutton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Autry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feldman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Radner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Dourdas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bayer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Moyer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 31 20 25/52 13/24 14/24 13 200 10 3 12 9 22