March 27, 2006
Pontiac's Game Changing Performance competition rounded out its list of "game changing nominees" today, announcing the top plays from the 2006 NCAA® Men's Basketball Championship Elite Eight round. The nominations include:
George Mason 86, Uconn 84
Number 11-seeded George Mason shocked the world with an amazing victory over heavily favored and #1-seeded Connecticut. Trailing by 12 late in the first half and 9 early in the second, the Patriots never lost their composure. George Mason earned a "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" nomination by hitting four straight 3-pointers in the second half including a four point play by Lamar Butler.
UCLA 50, Memphis 45
With 11 national titles-more than any other school-UCLA is on its way back to the Final 4® after winning a tight, defensive battle over #1-seeded Memphis. The Bruins fine defensive performance included an eight minute stretch in which they allowed only two points. UCLA's "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" came when Ryan Hollins cemented the win with a slam dunk late in the second half.
LSU 70, Texas 60
In a thrilling game that saw 11 lead changes, seven ties and an overtime before it was all over, #4-seeded LSU outlasted the #2-seeded Texas Longhorns, earning their first trip to the Final 4® since 1986. The Tigers' "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" came in overtime, when Glen "Big Baby" Davis hit his only 3-pointer of the NCAA® Tournament.
Florida 75, Villanova 62
Florida's gritty performance against #1-one seeded Villanova sends the Gators to the Final 4®. Number 3-seeded Florida earned a "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" nomination on a thundering dunk by sophomore Joakim Noah that put the Gators up 66-54, sealing the victory with less than three and half minutes to go.
After each round leading to the Final Four, CBS will nominate four game-changing plays. Fans voting online will determine which of those four represents the single outstanding example of "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" for that round. Voting for Round 4 runs through 11:59 p.m., March 28 on NCAAsports.com/Pontiac.
On March 29, NCAAsports.com/Pontiac will reveal the four Pontiac Game Changing Performance finalists, each of which will receive a $5,000 donation to the selected school's general scholarship fund. Fans will then vote for the overall winner, which will be announced during the CBS broadcast of the Championship Game on Monday, April 3, and will receive a $100,000 scholarship donation.
"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.
Full program details can be reviewed by visiting NCAAsports.com/Pontiac.
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