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Shut-down defense, late run propels Syracuse to win over Maine


first_img Published on November 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 For nearly 30 minutes, Maine gave Syracuse a scare. With 11:19 minutes remaining, the Black Bears were hanging around, trailing by just seven points. Then the Orange proved why it was the team with NCAA tournament hopes and Maine was 0-2.SU went on a 17-0 run over the next 8:41 and held the Black Bears to just four points on one field goal the rest of the way.“Our man-to-man won us the game today,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “When you keep people in front of you and you guard, that’s your offense you’re going to have and you’re going to have those kinds of runs.”That run fueled Syracuse in a 68-44 win over Maine on Tuesday night in Orono, Maine. The team used its athleticism and depth to get out in transition and defeat the Black Bears. Orange center Kayla Alexander managed a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Elashier Hall keyed the decisive run offensively for the Orange with nine points, seven of which came on jump shots.Hall kick-started the run with a jumper with 10:08 remaining. On the very next possession, Hall knocked down a 3-pointer to stretch the SU lead to 12. Maine didn’t cut the lead to single digits for the rest of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Black Bears actually matched up with Syracuse in the size department, which is why Hillsman said he insisted on getting out in transition and settling for jump shots instead.“We pushed the ball and we got into our offense early,” Hillsman said. “I thought that was the key. We had to get some early offense and not have to really shrink the floor and cause us problems getting the ball inside.”As they did in the season opener, the freshmen’s contributions both on the floor and in providing depth made the run possible.For the second straight game, Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler and Cornelia Fondren all started. Sykes led the freshmen with 29 minutes, with Butler right behind with 24. Fondren played just 14, but went 3-for-3 from the field, including a 3-pointer.“We need them,” Hillsman said. “We need their contributions, we need their depth on the court and we have to do everything we can to keep them in the game and keep them playing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Amazon May Boost Its India Investment by $2 Billion: Report


first_imgAmazon is looking at infusing a further $2 billion in the Indian market to take on the challenge posed by the recent acquisition of Flipkart by Walmart, CNBC TV 18 reported. The Jeff Bezos-led American e-commerce firm had earlier increased the investment in India to $5 billion.“Amazon may start with increasing its investment target in India to $2 billion and increase it over a period of time,” the publication quoted a source as saying. However, no timeline has been decided for the investment so far, the source added, according to the report.Amazon’s plans to boost its presence in India come on the heels of the $16 billion deal inked by American retail chain Walmart to buy 77 percent stake in Indian e-tailer Flipkart last month. “India is one of the most attractive retail markets in the world, given its size and growth rate, and our investment is an opportunity to partner with the company that is leading transformation of eCommerce in the market,” Doug McMillon, Walmart’s president and chief executive officer, had then said in a statement.Amazon was also reported to have made an offer to buy 60 percent of Flipkart before the deal was clinched by Walmart.However, Amazon is still keeping its eyes firmly on the Indian e-commerce sector. “Amazon is betting big on the India market. It is evident that after Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart, Flipkart’s ability to increase market share and India presence will increase,” CNBC TV 18 quoted another source as saying in its report. “Amazon has had its eyes and ears firmly on the ground and has been carefully planning its strategy. India is one of its fastest growing geographies and Amazon will not be left behind,” the source added.In 2016, Bezos announced that the company will increase its $2 billion investment in India by another $3 billion.“Amazon will invest $3 billion more in India. This is in addition to the $2 billion announced in 2014,” Bezos had said during a USIBC meet in Washington in 2016, which was attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We have already created some 45,000 jobs in India and continue to see huge potential in the Indian economy,” he had added.Of the $5 billion, Amazon is estimated to have already invested $3.3-$3.8 billion in India, the report added, citing industry experts.Amazon India’s online marketplace has been said to be spending $120 million every month — $75 million on ecommerce and $45 million on its Prime subscription service, the Economic Times had reported earlier this year, citing experts. The amount is much higher than its average monthly cash burn rate of $80-100 million in 2016, the report added.Amazon India is reported to have a valuation of $16 billion, with a market share of 30 percent.Meanwhile, on the occasion of the firm’s fifth anniversary in India, Bezos posted a letter to its consumers in the country on the Amazon India website.“On our fifth anniversary in India, I want to say thank you for your support and for making Amazon.in the most visited shopping site in India for the last two years,” Bezos said in the letter, adding that customers from 100 percent of serviceable pin codes in India have placed orders on the ecommerce platform, thanks to local innovations such as Udaan and I Have Space. “We’re five years into our journey, but as we say here at Amazon, it’s still Day 1, and I’m energised and humbled by the opportunities ahead. Amazon.in is ‘India ki apni dukaan‘,” he added. Related ItemsAmazoneCommerceWalmartlast_img read more