BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference has fined South Carolina $25,000 for the postgame celebration of an upset of then-No. 17 Kentucky.

The SEC announced the fine Monday for violation of the league's policy restricting access to competition areas. Fans stormed the court to celebrate Saturday's 72-67 win despite repeated warnings.

It was South Carolina's first win against a top-25 team in more than three years and lifted the Gamecocks from last place in the SEC.

SEC policy states that ''at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area.''

Fines range from $5,000 for a first offense up to $50,000.

It's the third time South Carolina has been fined for violating the policy, with the last one imposed in January 2010.

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