White's 34 helps No. 5 North Carolina beat Syracuse 93-85

The freshman point guard shook off four games of shooting struggles to score a season-high 34 points, helping the fifth-ranked Tar Heels pull away late to beat Syracuse 93-85 on Tuesday night and maintain their perch atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

North Carolina's Garrison Brooks (15) goes for a dunk on Syracuse's Oshae Brissett (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

Cameron Johnson added 16 points for the Tar Heels (23-5, 13-2 ACC), who have won 11 of 12 games and own their highest AP Top 25 ranking of the season.

Tyus Battle scored 23 of his 29 points after halftime for the Orange (18-10, 9-6), who shot 48 percent and made 14 of 31 3-pointers.

Syracuse: The Orange haven't had an easy schedule of late, with the trip to UNC marking their third straight game against a ranked opponent and a second in a row versus a team in the top five.

While North Carolina spent the entire game shooting free throws, Syracuse didn't have the same success — either in getting to the line or making the ones the Orange did get.

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