Back in rankings, No. 22 Utah State takes on struggling Fresno State

After returning to the AP Top 25 rankings for the first time in three weeks, No. 22 Utah State’s first game is at Fresno State on Tuesday night.The Aggies (22-5, 10-4 Mountain West) are ranked after upsetting then-No. 19 San Diego State 68-63 last week in Logan, Utah. They have won three of their last four games.Fresno State (11-16, 4-10) is on a three-game losing streak.The Bulldogs have also lost three straight home games to Colorado State, UNLV and San Diego State. They are 7-7 at home.Utah State won the previous meeting with Fresno State 83-62 in Logan when the Aggies were ranked No. 16.The Aggies’ victory over San Diego State allowed them to take over sole possession for first place of the Mountain West. This is Utah State’s third team to beat two or more ranked opponents in the same season; the 1959-60 team defeated three teams in the AP Top 25, while the 2006-07 team beat two ranked opponents.The Aggies responded well against San Diego State after losing the previous game at Colorado State 75-55.”I think a lot of times people hit the panic button on us when things go bad,” graduate senior guard Darius Brown II said. “We knew this whole week that if we defended, rebounded and limited (San Diego State’s) second-chance points that we’d be fine.”I know this team. I know we’re fighters. And I knew we’d be fine.”Brown had 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, in the win over the Aztecs.His former Montana State teammate, Great Osobor, had 13 of his 17 points in the second half while also producing seven rebounds and seven assists.