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Andrew Smith in crowd for Butler game

Posted at 1:14 PM, Dec 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-20 13:14:24-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- There was inspiration in the stands Saturday as the Butler basketball team took on Purdue at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Crossroads Classic. 

Former Butler star Andrew Smith was out of the hospital and in the stands as the Bulldogs took on the Boilermakers. 

Smith is fighting an aggressive form of cancer. He has been in the hospital, but he and his wife were able to get to the game Saturday, and it gave Butler some added strength. 

"What a really important and special thing to have Andrew Smith here," Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann said, "To have him and Samantha here, and I believe his mom and dad here, was a pretty special deal. Our guys knew exactly where he was."

Smith's family is trying to get him into a clinical study in an attempt to help him fight cancer. 

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