Stew Morrill believes Utah State can still compete with four games left in the conference regular season.

But coming off a mentally taxing 60-45 loss to San Diego State on Tuesday night, he’s trying to make sure his players believe as well. The Aggies now have lost back-to-back contests with some of their stars suffering not-so-great nights, but Morrill said the key will be keeping the faith in themselves.

"You gotta believe you can play," he said. "I’ve always believed that: You have to believe you can play the game. If you don’t, it’s a struggle."

It’s something of a surprise to see the Aggies struggling mightily on offense after it has been a strong suit this season. The last two games, Utah State has shot a combined 33.9 percent against UNLV and San Diego State, two of the most defensively athletic teams in the Mountain West.

That troubling figure has been paired with some underwhelming performances by top Aggies players. Preston Medlin scored a combined 11 points in the games, shooting 3 for 21. Kyle Davis scored four against UNLV, then couldn’t score at all against the Aztecs.

Those might be the biggest examples, but production is down across the board for the most part.

With Fresno State, winner of five of its last six, coming in on Saturday, Morrill said it will be critical for his team to take advantage practice and regain its shooting touch. This time of year, he said, some teams fade away, but he doesn’t think his squad will.

"What is expected of our guys is that they go out every night and compete," he said. "I think they’ll do that the rest of the way."