FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Brian Green scored a career-high 17 points and made five 3-pointers as Utah State defeated Fresno State 69-43 on Thursday night.Jared Quayle added 13 points for Utah State (14-6 overall, 4-2 Western Athletic Conference). The defending WAC champions were 12 of 20 from 3-point range and won their fourth straight.Greg Smith had 12 points and eight rebounds for Fresno State (10-10, 3-3), which played most of the game without leading scorer Paul George. The sophomore forward sprained his ankle in the first half, didn’t return and is doubtful for Saturday night’s game against Nevada, Bulldogs coach Steve Cleveland said.Utah State took advantage of George’s absence to hold Fresno State to a season-low point total. It was the Bulldogs’ third straight loss and sixth in a row against the Aggies.Tai Wesley scored 11 points for Utah State, the 17th time this season the junior forward has finished in double figures. Tyler Newbold added 10.Without George, who came in averaging 20.6 points, the Bulldogs shot just 25 percent in the first half and trailed 32-18 at halftime.Newbold opened the second half with a 3-pointer, extending Utah State’s lead to 17, before Fresno State briefly rallied. The Bulldogs closed to within six points on Brandon Sperling’s 3-pointer with 14:37 left.But Fresno State’s momentum didn’t last long, as the Aggies responded with a 20-2 run to open a 60-33 lead.Green hit three shots from beyond the arc during the surge as the Bulldogs kept leaving one of the WAC’s leading 3-point shooters wide open at the top of the key.Green finished 5 of 7 from 3-point range, while Quayle went 4 of 5.George left the game with 13:20 remaining in the first half after he collided with Wesley as both players scrambled after a loose ball. The NBA prospect had to be helped off the floor.Utah State led 10-5 when George exited. The Aggies then went on a 15-8 run.
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