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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