In the end, the Seminoles needed two overtime frames, but pulled away late in the second one to escape with a 101-90 win over their conference foe in a game that was much closer than the score indicated and saw FSU basketball playing without their top scorer and their second best scorer helped off the court with an injury.
In the first overtime, Syracuse had the lead after Battle (who had 32 of his 37 points in the second half and overtime) hit a jumper with less than a minute to go before Trent Forrest responded seconds later and forced a second overtime.
PJ Savoy and Mfiondu Kabengele added 11 points apiece for Florida State, which shot 40.2 percent and received 45 points from its bench while playing without leading scorer Terrence Mann (concussion).
The Seminoles - hampered by indecisive offense at times, fouls and turnovers on the defensive end, and untimely missed free throws down the stretch - were able to secure the victory while withstanding a valiant effort from Syracuse guard Tyus Battle, who finished with 32 of his 37 points after the first half.
After taking almost six minutes to hit their first field goal of the game, the Seminoles woke up in the first half and took a 10 point lead into the locker room - led by Christ Koumadje with three baskets in the final two minutes that included two monster dunks that got the Tucker Center rocking as part of his 23 point day.
Syracuse (12-6, 1-4) guard Tyus Battle led all scorers by scoring a career-high 37 points. Florida State missed shots against the vaunted Syracuse zone and the Orange had trouble finishing at the rim against Florida State's length.
But the Seminoles managed to take a 31-21 lead into the locker room thanks to a 7-0 run over the final 1:48. Braian Angola made two assists to Christ Koumadje for dunks and also hit a 3 from the cormer.
For the half, the Seminoles were just 12 of 35 from the floor and 4 of 16 from 3. Syracuse was 9 of 28 from the floor and 3 of 8 from 3.
Still, despite the game being played at a pace slower than FSU wanted, it still had another double-digit lead at halftime.