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Fans rush the court after USC's 68-62 win over Kentucky on January 26, 2010.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's first victory over a No. 1 team will cost $25,000.

The Southeastern Conference said Wednesday that South Carolina will be fined for violating league rules against permitting fans on the playing area following a 68-62 victory over top-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday night. Original Story: Gamecocks Stun #1 Kentucky 68-62

The league said this was South Carolina's second violation, which triggered the higher fine. The first violation also followed a victory over Kentucky on Feb. 15, 2005. Fans rushed the Colonial Life Arena court after the Gamecocks 73-61 win over then-No. 3 Kentucky. The athletic department was fined $5,000 by the league.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive said the policy is to keep a safe environment for those who participate and attend league events.

USC Athletics Director Eric Hyman issued the following statement on the decision.

"First, let me say that the atmosphere at the Colonial Life Arena Tuesday night was as exciting as any time since I've been here. Our fans did a great job all night and the student section was awesome. We certainly don't want to take away from that enthusiasm and excitement.

"However, the SEC schools voted unanimously on the sportsmanship policy and the subsequent fines for violating that policy, and we support it fully. The purpose of the policy is for the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials, students and our many fans. While I was thrilled with the outcome of the game, I was also very concerned that we follow this policy to prevent a dangerous situation from occurring."

USC's Athletic Director, Eric Hyman, issued this statement Wednesday about the SEC fine:

"First, let me say that the atmosphere at the Colonial Life Arena Tuesday night was as
exciting as any time since I've been here. Our fans did a great job all night and the
student section was awesome. We certainly don't want to take away from that enthusiasm
and excitement.

However, the SEC schools voted unanimously on the sportsmanship policy and the
subsequent fines for violating that policy, and we support it fully. The purpose of the
policy is for the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials, students and our many
fans. While I was thrilled with the outcome of the game, I was also very concerned that
we follow this policy to prevent a dangerous situation from occurring."

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