Wes Brooks capped the stretch with a 3-pointer — one of a season-high eight triples for the Green Terror.
One of Merlo's season-high four treys gave McDaniel a 32-26 lead en route to a 36-31 halftime advantage.
Stewart and Royster finished with 12 points apiece while Royster added 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Nick Perugino and Brooks finished with 10 points each. Stewart and Perugino also added four assists each.