CARBONDALE, Illinois (Ticker) -- LaMar Owen provided the exclamation point and Darren Brooks provided the insurance for Southern Illinois.
Owen soared through the lane for a follow dunk late in the second half and Brooks followed with a 3-pointer as the 21st-ranked Salukis extended their winning streak to 14 games with a 66-62 triumph over Hawaii.
Southern Illinois (22-2) turned a seven-point second-half deficit into an eight-point lead, but Hawaii climbed within 60-59 on a pair of free throws by Jeff Blackett with 2:11 to play.
Brooks missed a back-door layup, but Owen flew to the basket and slammed down the rebound to restore the Salukis' three-point lead with 1:35 remaining.
"Tonight what was necessary was crashing the boards and getting opportunities off them," Southern Illinois coach Matt Painter said.
Brooks missed a pair of free throws but atoned by draining a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down for a 65-60 lead.
Brooks scored 18 points for Southern Illinois, who tied a school record with 21 steals. The Salukis' winning streak is their longest since the 1966-67 team closed the season with 19 consecutive victories.
"People think we'd have a letdown, but with 10,000 people and the game on ESPN, there's no way we'd let down," Painter said. "You'd just get a little anxious. Tonight we were a little anxious and we didn't take care of the ball in the first half."
Phil Martin led all scorers with 20 points for Hawaii, which missed all eight 3-point attempts en route to its third loss in four games.
Freshman Tony Young provided a spark off the bench for the Salukis, recording a season-high six steals to go with nine points in 19 minutes.
Martin and Michael Kuebler had 11 points apiece in the first half, when the Rainbow Warriors built a 38-35 lead. They extended it to 43-36 before Southern Illinois used a 9-2 run to tie it.
The Salukis kept surging and a steal and layup by Brad Korn gave them their biggest lead, 59-51, with just over eight minutes remaining.