Buddy Boeheim tied a season high with 23 points and Syracuse surged ahead late in the first half, withstood a late charge and recorded a 92-84 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night in the consolation bracket of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Islands, Bahamas.
Junior Jesse Edwards scored a career-best 21 points for the Orange (3-2), who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Syracuse will face No. 19 Auburn on Friday in the fifth-place game. Arizona State (2-4) will oppose Loyola Chicago in the seventh-place game.
Buddy Boeheim shot 7 of 17 from the floor, made 8 of 11 free throws and added six rebounds and five assists.
Edwards converted four dunks, made 9 of 11 shots and grabbed eight rebounds for Syracuse, which shot 54.1 percent on field-goal attempts.
Cole Swider added 19 points and 11 rebounds while Joseph Girard III contributed 16 points and five assists for Syracuse, which played each of its five starters 35 minutes or more. Jimmy Boeheim chipped in 11 and eight boards, helping Syracuse produce a 42-32 rebounding edge.
Marreon Jackson led Arizona State with 17 points and DJ Horne added 14. Luther Muhammad added 12 for the Sun Devils, who shot 44.9 percent from the floor and made 15 of 39 3-point tries (38.5 percent). Kimani Lawrence posted 11 points and 13 rebounds, Jalen Graham also scored 11 points and Jay Heath had 10 points.
Syracuse dominated the final seven minutes of the first half, going on an 18-2 run. Two dunks by Edwards and a pair of 3-pointers by Swider highlighted an 11-0 run to push the lead to 41-28 with about 3 1/2 minutes left. Syracuse held a 48-30 edge by halftime after Girard capped a 7-0 run by converting a three-point play with 47 seconds left.
Syracuse held a 65-47 lead with about 14 minutes left, but Arizona State got within 91-84 when Lawrence split a pair at the line with 1:09 remaining. Following a turnover by Buddy Boeheim, Lawrence missed an open 3-point attempt with 61 seconds, but Edwards missed two free throws with 40 seconds remaining.
Buddy Boeheim added a clinching free throw with 18 seconds remaining.
--Field Level Media