Josh McKay (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) netted 17 points to lead the Green Terror (17-6, 12-4 CC), who fell two games behind Franklin & Marshall in the race for the top spot in the CC and will need to win both of its remaining games and an 0-2 finish by the Diplomats to have a chance to host the conference championship.
Sal Schittino added 13 points for the Shoremen (11-12, 8-8 CC), who defeated McDaniel for the 16th consecutive time in Chestertown – a stretch that dates back to an 84-80 overtime win by the Green Terror in 1982.
With his team trailing 24-23, Alan Kines hit a pair of free throws with 4:19 remaining in the first half to spark a 14-5 run to the intermission.
Todd Green, who finished with 10 points, hit a layup on a Kevin Breslin steal-and-dish 16 seconds after the Kines free throws.
Two Tim Kohlrus charity tosses and a Chambers 3-pointers capped a 9-0 burst before McKay broke up the stretch with a layup.
A Chad Arrington (Randallstown, Md./Randallstown) basket-and-foul with 41 seconds left trimmed the deficit to 34-29 but Breslin hit a triple in the final 10 seconds of the half to push the lead back to eight.
After Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) capped a 6-0 burst that pulled the Green Terror within 43-42 at the 14:01 mark, Adam Naymick nailed a pair from the line to stretch the lead back to three.
A McKay layup trimmed the deficit to one on the next McDaniel possession but Schittino canned a trey with 12:57 to play, igniting a 22-2 run over the next 6:30 to open up a 21-point advantage with 6:27 on the clock.
Schittino recorded 11 of his points during the game-clinching stretch.
Arrington finished with 11 points for McDaniel, which will end the season no worse than second in the CC standings - its best finish since the inception of the conference in 1994.
The Green Terror returns to action at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday. Game time is 8 p.m.