No. 8 Florida State rebounded from Monday's loss at Duke with a narrow 80-77 victory on Saturday against Syracuse at Tallahassee, Fla.
Patrick Williams led the Seminoles (21-4, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 17 points, followed by 16 points from MJ Walker.
Syracuse (14-11, 7-7) was led by Elijah Hughes with 25 points, followed by 22 points from Joseph Girard III. The Orange's other double-figure scorer was Quincy Guerrier with 13 points, while Girard led the way with seven rebounds.
The Orange lost their second straight game and fourth in their last five outings.
With just under six minutes remaining in the game, Girard gave the Orange a 62-59 lead with five straight points.
The Orange held the lead for the next 3 1/2 minutes, but Walker hit a huge 3-pointer -- then was fouled -- and he added the free throw to pull the Seminoles back ahead 70-69 with 2:36 left in the game.
The Orange trailed 78-75 with less than 20 seconds left when Hughes cut it to 78-77 on a driving layup. Syracuse fouled and Trent Forrest hit both free throws to push it to 80-77 with eight seconds remaining. Hughes' last-ditch 3-point attempt rimmed out and the Seminoles held on.
Florida State, which was without leading scorer Devin Vassell, went to halftime on a 12-4 run in the final two minutes to seize a 41-33 lead heading into intermission. Walker and Williams led the way for the Seminoles at intermission with nine points each. Girard led all scorers with 14 points at the break.
Vassell came in leading the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game. The school didn't provide an explanation for why Vassell didn't play.
Forrest was Florida State's only other player in double figures 13 points, while forward RaiQuan Gray paced the Seminoles with 10 rebounds in the win.
The Seminoles host Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The Seminoles opened the season on Nov. 6 against the Panthers and lost 63-61.
Syracuse faces No. 5 Louisville on Wednesday.
--Field Level Media