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News Nuggets, 02.19.05
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South Carolina fined by SEC for fans rushing court


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COLUMBIA — South Carolina was fined $5,000 by the Southeastern Conference on Friday for violating league policy that prohibits spectators from going onto the court during or after a game.

After South Carolina beat No. 3 Kentucky 73-61 on Tuesday night, fans rushed the court to celebrate.

The fine was part of the SEC's new policy for football and men's and women's basketball games. A second offense calls for a $25,000 fine; a third costs $50,000.

The policy went into effect Dec. 1, less than two weeks after a brawl involving players and fans at the Indianapolis Pacers-Detroit Pistons game Nov. 19 and followed the next day by a brawl among players in the Clemson-South Carolina football game.

``This policy is designed to create a safe environment for everyone who participates and attends our athletic contests,'' SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. ``I understand the exuberance of the moment but the security and protection of our student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans is our primary concern.''

South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee said, ``The rule is the rule, and we support the rule. We have addressed the situation, and we will do a better job of keeping the students and the fans off the court from this point forward.''

The university's Student Senate, some of whom admitted getting caught up in the moment, had agreed earlier to donate the money to cover the fine. However, the athletic department said Friday it would cover the cost of the fine.

Shocker boosts Hokies hoops to new pinnacle

BLACKSBURG — Seth Greenberg took over a bad team in the Big East when he was hired to be Virginia Tech's basketball coach before last season.

After Thursday night's shocking win over No. 7 Duke, Greenberg is leading an upstart team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

``This is just one of those special nights,'' Greenberg said following the 67-65 win. ``It's something that as we're trying to build a program, you can hang your hat on.''

It's also a signal to other ACC schools that the Hokies are not just mere patsies on the basketball court, afterthoughts brought over when the university was recruited along with Miami to bolster ACC football. Incidentally, Virginia Tech also made a successful debut on the gridiron, winning the conference title and securing the ACC's BCS berth.

The Hokies (13-10, 6-6 ACC) ended a three-game losing streak and pulled into a three-way tie for fourth in the league with Maryland and Miami. They also avenged a 100-65 loss to the Blue Devils less than three weeks ago.

The Hokies went 15-14 last season but many thought that the move to the ACC — and the subsequent stacking of their schedule with traditional powers such as Duke, North Carolina and Maryland — would doom them to several years of sub-.500 records.

So far, however, Virginia Tech has shown it can compete.

``Now we belong,'' Hokies guard Zabian Dowdell said after the game. ``I mean, they have to take us serious now. Whether they like it or not, we're here.''

Duke is all too aware.

The Blue Devils seemed poised to run away with the game before Coleman Collins energized the crowd with a dunk midway through the second half. The Hokies also put together a 9-0 run to take a 58-54 lead with 7:07 left.

Then, after J.J. Redick hit a 3-pointer with 22.9 seconds left to give the Blue Devils a 65-64 lead, Dowdell made a 3-pointer from the right wing with 14.6 seconds remaining that caused the sellout crowd to erupt.

Moments later, hundreds of fans poured onto the court to celebrate one of the biggest wins in school history.

``They just willed us to win down the stretch,'' Greenberg said of the crowd. ``They were magnificent. They just embraced and took ownership and motivated and helped us go to another level. That's what college basketball is all about — having a chance to do what we did tonight.''

The Hokies had plenty to do with it. They outrebounded the Blue Devils 49-32, led by Collins with 18.

``They outfought us. They showed a great deal of poise,'' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ``For us to get outrebounded by 17 in a basketball game shows something about us, but more about the other team.''

C-USA standings, scores, schedule & TV


Memphis at Southern Miss 12:00 PM (ESPN+)
UAB at Cincinnati 4:00 PM (ESPN)
East Carolina at South Florida 7:00 PM
Texas Christian at Houston 7:00 PM
Charlotte at Tulane 8:00 PM


DePaul at Marquette 12:30 PM
Saint Louis at Louisville 5:00 PM

STANDINGS (through Thursday):

TEAM               CONF   PCT    ALL   PCT
Louisville        10  2  .833   22  4  .846
Charlotte          9  2  .818   18  4  .818
DePaul             8  3  .727   16  6  .727
Memphis            8  3  .727   15 10  .600
Cincinnati         7  4  .636   19  6  .760
Houston            7  5  .583   16 10  .615
UAB                6  5  .545   16  8  .667
Texas Christian    6  5  .545   16  9  .640
Marquette          5  7  .417   17  8  .680
Saint Louis        4  7  .364    7 17  .292
Tulane             3  8  .273    9 13  .409
South Florida      3  9  .250   10 13  .435
East Carolina      3  9  .250    8 16  .333
Southern Miss      1 11  .083   10 14  .417


Memphis 103, Tulane 71
Louisville 65, South Florida 57
DePaul 85, Cincinnati 66
Houston 75, Southern Miss. 53
Marquette 71, East Carolina 69, OT
Texas Christian 76, UAB 65
Charlotte 83, Saint Louis 78, OT


Cincinnati 83, Southern Miss 51
Charlotte 66, DePaul 62
Houston 68, South Florida 50
Saint Louis 78, Ind.-Pur.-Ft. Wayne 66
East Carolina 67, UAB 64


Louisville 64, Marquette 61 (ESPN)

Compiled from Conference USA and wire reports.


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