North Carolina downs Syracuse in streak-filled contest

Garrison Brooks’ 16 points and Armando Bacot’s 15 points helped North Carolina pull out an 81-75 victory against Syracuse in a game with wide scoring swings Tuesday night in Chapel Hill, N.C.RJ Davis chipped in 12 points, including a pair of free throws in the final minute, off the bench as North Carolina (8-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) picked up its third consecutive triumph.Syracuse’s Quincy Guerrier poured in 23 points but fouled out for the first time this season with 1:21 to play and the Tar Heels leading 73-70. Buddy Boeheim posted 18 points — all in the first half — and Alan Griffin had 16 points for the Orange (7-3, 1-2).Syracuse rattled off eight consecutive points to regain the lead with less than four minutes to play.North Carolina, which shot 39.7 percent from the field, missed seven field-goal attempts in a row but went ahead when Day’Ron Sharpe and Brooks each sank both ends of one-and-one free-throw opportunities at the 3:02 and 2:04 marks.After a Griffin basket, Bacot produced two hoops in a 20-second span to give North Carolina a 75-70 edge with 1:01 left.After the teams went to halftime tied 40-40, North Carolina scored the first nine points of the second half before Syracuse followed with a 13-0 run. The Tar Heels had a stretch of 1-for-13 shooting from the field.