"Our mountain. Our miracle. Our Moose."
That was Butler's message about former Bulldog Andrew Smith, who died of cancer Tuesday. The phrase highlighted a special video tribute honoring the Academic All-American before the crowd at Hinkle Fieldhouse observed a moment of silence ahead of tipoff against St. John's on Saturday.
In addition to the "AS44" patches Butler will wear on its jerseys the remainder of the season, the teams wore "Stay Positive Day" T-shirts during warm-ups:
Thank you to St. John's for joining us in wearing Stay Positive t-shirts today. pic.twitter.com/MuVn1ukPzJ— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) January 16, 2016
Smith, who graduated in 2013, helped the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA championship games in 2010 and 2011. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2014.