- Associated Press - Sunday, January 26, 2014

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Utah State hit some tough shots to get to overtime against San Diego State. The Aggies just couldn’t close the deal against seventh-ranked Aztecs.

Xavier Thames scored 31 points, including 10 in overtime, and San Diego State turned back Utah State 74-69 Saturday night.

Spencer Butterfield scored 19 points for the Aggies (12-7, 2-5 Mountain West), Jalen Moore added a career-high 16 and Preston Medlin had 12.

Butterfield hit a 3-pointer over two defenders with 2.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

“Preston was covered and I came over and got a decent look,” Butterfield said of his shot, described by coach Stew Morrill as “a miracle shot.”

Butterfield drained another 3 to put Utah State up 62-61 with 3:03 left, but Thames put a halt to the rally.

He nailed a jumper that put San Diego State ahead for good with 1:50 remaining and made a 3 with 49.6 seconds left to make it 66-62.

SDSU shot 8 of 10 on free throws in the final 38.9 seconds to seal the victory.

“Our guys played really hard and we hit some big shots,” Morrill said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win, but we’ve got to find a way to win games like this in league. It’s a tough loss.”

Moore, a freshman who started because Kyle Davis was slowed with a kneecap injury, was 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

“Jalen played great. He had to be out there for us, and he was active and athletic,” Morrill said.

The Aggies shot 9 of 18 from long range, while SDSU was 4 of 15.

Josh Davis had 12 rebounds and six points for San Diego State (17-1, 6-0) and Winston Shepard scored 10.

The Aztecs are 30-11 in road games since March 2011, the third-best road record in the nation during that span. San Diego State is the first ranked team to visit Logan since March 2007, when USU upset 10th-ranked Nevada in overtime.

“This was a good team win,” Thames said. “That’s what championship teams do. We stuck with it.”

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