The Tar Heels rolled into Conte Forum and let with a convincing win, the product of a dominant effort in the rebound battle and a similarly strong defensive effort.
While BC turned the ball over numerous times, it used strong defense and great performances from Jordan Chatman and Nik Popovic to beat the Hurricanes.
In a sloppy, back-and-forth affair between two sluggish offenses, the Eagles locked down the Panthers in the final minutes and snapped a four-game losing streak in the process.
Tyus Battle had 31 points, Buddy Boeheim chipped in 13 off the bench, and Syracuse shot 63 percent from the field in the first half before holding off a BC rally to win.
The Eagles, coming off of winning the Fort Myers Tip-Off Tournament in Florida, look to extend the success as they host Minnesota in a late-night ACC/B1G Challenge game.
The Eagles are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015, and as a four-seed, will welcome Colonial Athletic Association champion Hofstra to Newton on Friday night.