Four Finalists Announced in 'Pontiac Game Changing Performance' Competition

March 29, 2006

It's down to the Final Four! The fans have voted and the four finalists have been selected in the "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" competition of the 2006 NCAA® Men's Basketball Tournament.

Throughout this year's Tournament, fans have been voting for the "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" after each round. Four schools have already won a $5,000 scholarship contribution from Pontiac, and now it's up to you to help decide which of these schools will win $100,000.

From Round 1: Northwestern State Down by 17 with 8½ minutes left, 14th-seeded Northwestern State used intense defensive pressure and some sharp shooting from the outside to pull off the biggest upset of round one. Jermaine Wallace's fade away three with less than a second left completed the Demon's comeback against the 3rd-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes.

From Round 2: LSU After watching a 9-0 Texas A&M run wipe out a 7-point lead, LSU rallied back. With 3.9 seconds remaining the Tigers lone senior, Darrel Mitchell took advantage of a mismatch created by Glen "Big Baby" Davis, and drilled a 22 foot 3-pointer for the 58-57 victory over the Aggies.

From Round 3: Texas The Texas Longhorns gave last year's Tournament Cinderella, West Virginia, a taste of their own 3-point medicine. Cold for most of the game from long range, Kenton Paulino took a great pass from teammate A.J. Abrams, and launched the buzzer beating three for the 74-71 win.

From Round 4: UCLA Ryan Hollins snaps a 4 1/2 minute UCLA scoring drought late in the game with a dunk off the feed from Jordan Farmar, as the Bruins knock off top seeded Memphis 50-45.

Fans can vote now through midnight on Saturday, April 1 on for their favorite "Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Tournament". The winner will be announced during Monday's championship game on CBS.

"The "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" program recognizes that dramatic moment in every competition that changes the outcome of a game, defining a season," said Dino Bernacchi, Pontiac Advertising Manager. "The 'Pontiac Game Changing Performance' award will focus on plays that vividly show the most incredible moment in the game, exemplifying the emotion and intensity of NCAA Basketball."

Following this year's award presentation Pontiac, a leading sponsor of NCAA sporting events and collegiate athletics, will have contributed nearly $650,000 to NCAA institutions since the program began in 2004.

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Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA