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Butler to honor Andrew Smith’s memory with commemorative patch

Andrew Smith, Ryan Rhoomes

Butler’s Andrew Smith (44) works against Fordham’s Ryan Rhoomes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 in New York. Butler won 68-63. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Tuesday afternoon the family of former Butler center Andrew Smith announced that he’d passed away at the age of 25 after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. Thursday the Butler men’s basketball program announced that its players will play the remainder of the season with a commemorative patch on their jerseys.

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Smith, who played at Butler from 2010-13, earned Academic All-America honors and played on two teams that reached the national title game during his time at the school. Smith was diagnosed with non-Hodgskin’s lymphoma in February 2014 while playing professionally in Lithuania, and after doctors believed that he’d beaten the disease there was a relapse during the spring of 2015.

Butler will play its first game since Smith’s passing Saturday afternoon when they host St. John’s. There will also be a moment of silence in Smith’s memory prior to the game.