LAKE BUENE VISTA, Fla. -- De'Mon Brooks scored 19 points and Davidson beat Vanderbilt 75-62 on Thursday in the first round of the Old Spice Classic.
Nik Cochran and Jake Cohen added 14 points each for Davidson (2-2).Kedren Johnson had a career-high 28 points for Vanderbilt (1-2). The Commodores, coming off a 78-48 loss to Oregon, also got 14 points from Kyle Fuller.Baskets by Brooks and Chris Czerapowicz put Davidson ahead 57-52. The Wildcats, keyed by Clint Mann's dunk and a 3 by Cochran, scored the next nine points and increased their lead to 66-52 with 6 minutes remaining.Davidson will play West Virginia in a winner's bracket game Friday. Vanderbilt will play Marist, which lost 87-44 to West Virginia.Johnson had a three-point play and hit a 3-pointer helping Vanderbilt get within 35-33 early in the second half. His three-point play gave the Commodores a 49-48 advantage with 12 minutes to go.Cochran and Cohen had nine points each as Davidson took a 33-25 halftime lead.Jordan Barham had a fast-break slam and a pair of layups to put Davidson up 31-25 with 51 seconds left in the half. Cohen made it 33-25 with a rebound basketball just before the buzzer.Barham wound up with nine points.Cochran's third 3-pointer got Davidson, which trailed by six early on, to 16-14. The senior guard entered averaging 3.3 points this season.Johnson's previous career best was 25 points against Nicholls State on Nov. 10.