SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Andrew White scored a season-high 27 points, including a corner 3 with 1:23 remaining, to lift Syracuse to an 81-76 victory over Wake Forest Tuesday.

Taurean Thompson scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and Tyler Lydon chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds for Syracuse (12-9, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

John Collins scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Bryant Crawford had 13 points for Wake Forest (12-8, 3-5).

Thompson scored seven of Syracuse's first nine points of the second half, turning a 32-29 halftime deficit into a 38-37 Orange lead with 16:34 to play. Two free throws by Brandon Childress put Wake Forest back on top 39-38, and the Deacons extended to a 55-47 margin on a slam by Doral Moore.

Syracuse went on an 8-2 run capped by a 3-pointer from Lydon that tied it at 57 with 7:47 to go. With the game tied at 61, the Orange scored six straight on a Tyus Battle reverse layup and free throw off a John Gillon steal, and 3-point play by Thompson.

The Deacons countered with seven straight for a 68-67 lead on Mitchell Wilbekin's 3-pointer with 2:30 to go. Syracuse regained the lead 71-68 on White's 3 from the corner. Lydon's 3 made it 74-70 and the Orange hit 6 of 7 down the stretch to seal it.

Syracuse took an early 7-2 lead but Wake Forest went on a 16-6 run to take an 18-13 first-half advantage. Collins keyed the surge with six points on three put-backs.

The Orange rallied to a 21-20 lead on a jumper by White. The teams traded baskets the rest of the half and Wake Forest led 32-29 at halftime on a lay-in by Keyshawn Woods.

The Deacons dominated Syracuse on the boards in the opening 20 minutes, outrebounding the Orange 25-15, including nine on the offensive end. Collins, who averages 8.8 rebounds a game, had nine in the first half, including five offensive boards. Wake Forest outscored Syracuse 16-8 inside.

Both teams shot poorly in the first half. Wake Forest hit 13 of 34, including just 3 of 14 from behind the arc. Syracuse was 10 of 28 from the floor and 5 of 15 from beyond the arc.

White kept Syracuse in the game with 16 first-half points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 4 of 8 from 3. Collins ended the half one rebound short of a double-double. He had 13 points in addition to his nine rebounds.

BIG PICTURE:

Wake Forest came back to earth after two good wins but played the Orange tough in a difficult environment. Things get even tougher against Duke on Saturday

Syracuse needed this game badly and rose to the occasion with a difficult matchup upcoming against Florida State. The Orange needs to pile up wins to get back in the NCAA Tournament discussion.

UP NEXT:

Wake Forest hosts No. 17 Duke Saturday.

Syracuse hosts No. 6 Florida State Saturday.