Manila, Oct. 10 -- Ateneo Blue Eagles survived a gallant stand from Adamson Falcons and went home with an 80-74 win in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men's basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Wednesday night.

Exactly one year after they suffered their last UAAP defeat, the Blue Eagles came close to seeing their 19-game winning streak from last season snapped after the Soaring Falcons entered halftime ahead, 37-34, after a strong second quarter.

But Ateneo went on a third-quarter juggernaut, outscoring Adamson, 29-13, to take a 63-50 lead entering the fourth.

The Soaring Falcons still tried to mount a comeback, drawing to within four, 71-75, with 21 seconds left, but the Blu...