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Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press
Illinois' Tyler Griffey, left, and Nevada's Kendall Wallace. right, battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.

CHICAGO — Mike Moser had 17 points and 11 rebounds, UNLV went on a 14-2 run to close the first half and the Runnin' Rebels handed No. 19 Illinois its first loss of the season with a convincing 64-48 victory Saturday.

UNLV (11-2), which beat then-No. 1 North Carolina earlier this season, used its quick, switching defense and nine blocked shots to frustrate the Illini at the United Center. Quintrell Thomas added 13 points for UNLV, which won despite getting only two points from leading scorer Chace Stanback.

The cold-shooting Illini (10-1) were led by 19 points from D.J. Richardson. Illinois shot 25.4 percent (16 for 63) and had 15 turnovers. The Illini went only 7 of 25 from 3-point range.