Three nights removed from its worst loss of the year, Utah State pushed the No. 7-ranked team in the nation to the absolute brink.

It was heated. It was wild. It featured the shots that will live forever on highlight tapes and in the memories of both competitors and fans.

But unfortunately for the Aggies, it was another loss.

Utah State (12-7, 2-5 MW) gave San Diego State all it could ask for, including an overtime forced by a miracle shot by Spencer Butterfield. But the Aztecs got turnovers in the extra period that led to points, then made the free throws they needed to as the Aggies were left with a 74-69 defeat after a win had seemed within their grasp.

In front of a national television audience and a fully-packed Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Utah State fell a little short Saturday. But the loss was not without a bit of a confidence boost after a disheartening loss to UNLV a few days before.

"I think it shows we can compete with anybody in this league," said Butterfield, who had a team-high 19 points for the Aggies. "We’ve had a couple games that haven’t gone our way. Those games are going to start going our way if we keep battling."

San Diego State was carried by an outstanding individual effort from Xavier Thames, who had a game-high 31 points and made the biggest shots of the night. A whopping 23 of his points came in the second half and overtime.

Utah State appeared to miss out on its best chance to lead the game in regulation with 20 seconds left, as both Preston Medlin and TeNale Roland passed up open looks and Jalen Moore then was forced to take a contested jumper as the shot clock got low.