Caesar had his Brutus, Popeye had his Bluto, Sampson had his Delilah — and Oklahoma Wesleyan University has its Southwestern (Kan.) College.


On Monday, the upstart Southwestern Moundbuilders zapped the OKWU Eagles for the second time this season, 78-75.


Whether or not the outcome will affect OKWU’s No. 1 national ranking — or how much it might tweak the Eagles’ seeding in the upcoming NAIA-II national tournament — will be revealed later this week.


Southwestern (27-4) took two out of three this season from the Eagles (30-3). On the line in Monday’s meeting — which took place in Wichita, Kan. — was the championship of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.


The final national ranking is set to come out later today.


The NAIA-II will announce on Wednesday its brackets for the 2019 national men’s tournament. The program is set to begin at 5 p.m. and will be available on Facebook Live.


A victory on Monday night could have almost assured the Eagles of the No. 1 seed in the tourney.


How it will shape now is a bit of a mystery, depending on the outcome of several games this past week.


The Eagles failed to generate the type of offensive firepower they had displayed through most of February. During their first seven games of the month, they scored between 83 to 105 points.


They struggled from the field in the KCAC title game, hitting just 29-of-72 (.402) from the field, including only 8-of-27 (.296) from beyond the arc.


Southwestern didn’t shoot much better.


The difference was the free throw line — 17-of-17 for the Moundbuilders, compared to 9-of-9 for the Eagles.


Joshua Wilchombe came up huge for the Eagles — 18 points, nine boards, two steals and only one turnover in more than 25 minutes. He hit 9-of-18 on field goals.


K.J. Malveau erupted for 22 points — including 9-of-20 shooting from the floor — and contributed five assists.


Freshman Brooks Haddock chimed in with 17 points, including 5-of-10 marksmanship from the field.


Wilchombe, Malveau and Haddock shot a combined 23-of-48 from the field — the rest of the team hit only 6-of-24.


Elbert Lawrence added 10 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal.


For Southwestern, Cameron Hunt dialed in 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, followed by Simpson Anderson with 15 points.