Syracuse’s Cole Swider attempts a 3-point shot during the Orange’s game against the Miami Hurricanes on Jan. 5. Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports

Buddy Boeheim and Cole Swider missed 3-point attempts before the buzzer as the Syracuse University men’s basketball team sunk deeper into a state of desperation Saturday.

Alondes Williams scored a game-high 25 points and made a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to help the Wake Forest Demon Deacons outlast the Orange, 77-74, in overtime at the LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Syracuse (7-8 overall, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) suffered its third straight league setback and fell to a losing record at the latest stage of any season in Jim Boeheim’s 46-year tenure as head coach.

The Orange will begin a three-game home stretch against the Pittsburgh Panthers at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Carrier Dome to be televised on ESPNU.

All four of SU’s conference games have been decided by five points or less, including back-to-back losses by a single possession.

“We’re doing enough to win both of these games, and we just can’t quite get there,” Jim Boeheim said. “Wake Forest is really good. I thought we played well, I thought we did a lot of good things. We had a couple good open looks late and in overtime, but somebody has got to score.”

Wake Forest (13-3, 3-2) held SU without a field goal for the final four minutes and 38 seconds, including a shot clock violation in the final minute of overtime.

The Demon Deacons forced the extra period when Williams made a pass inside to Dallas Walton for a dunk with four seconds left to tie the game at 69-69, and Joe Girard III was unable connect on an off-balance 3-pointer to end regulation.

Syracuse turned it over with a 69-67 edge to set up Wake for the game-tying basket. Jimmy Boeheim was unable to get an inbound pass to his brother, Buddy Boeheim, amid defenders in the backcourt as the ball bounced out of bounds and was ruled Wake Forest possession with 10 seconds left.

“We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game, but you got to be able to get the ball inbounds with 11 seconds to go, and if you can’t do that, it’s a problem,” Jim Boeheim said.

Williams shot 9-for-15 and added 12 rebounds and four assists to lead Wake Forest, scoring 17 of his points after halftime. Isaiah Mucius added 18 points and finished 4-for-14 from behind the arc as the Demon Deacons went 11-for-37 on 3-pointers with 63 percent of their total shot attempts from deep.

Jimmy Boeheim led SU with 21 points, including a key 3-point play in which he scored inside through contact and made the ensuing free throw to give SU the 69-67 advantage with 1:02 left in regulation.

Buddy Boeheim added 17 points but shot just 5-for-20 from the field and 2-for-9 from beyond the arc. Swider added 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and Joe Girard III scored 13 points but missed all seven shots attempts after halftime, including six from deep.

Syracuse center Jesse Edwards fouled out for the fourth straight game and eighth time this season, leaving the court with nine minutes left in regulation with the game tied at 54 apiece after trying to contest Williams attacking the rim in transition.

Syracuse was called for 21 team fouls while Wake Forest was whistled for 11 overall.

“It was game-changing for us and something I played a big part in, I got too many too quick,” Edwards said. “It’s something I can’t be doing anymore, and it obviously hurt us, it’s something we have to keep working on.”

Wake Forest won for the second time in 11 all-time matchups against SU and improved to 10-0 at home this year.

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