Alabama erased an 12-point first half deficit and then cruised past Arkansas 79-68 Thursday night before 11,200 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks (17-11, 5-8) have lost five of their last six games and their last two home games after winning the first 17 this season.
"I thought Alabama came in with a purpose, with a sense of urgency and that's the thing that we certainly have been trying to make sure our guys understand," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "Every game is a big game this time of the year and you have really got to ratchet up the toughness factor. I thought that is what they did in the end. They kind of out-toughed us."
The Razorbacks led 33-21 with on Julysess Nobles' three -pointer with 7:33 as Arkansas started the game by hitting its frist six shots from beyond the arc.
Alabama charged back to take a 45-41 lead by halftime and had gone on a 19-2 run that lasted through intermission to take a 54-41 lead with 16:31 left in the game.
"I am very proud of our team," Grant said. "I thought this was a great win for us. Arkansas came out and really shot the ball well and played with a lot of passion and a lot of energy to start the game.
"The thing we talked about before the game was that we had to play for 40 minutes," Grant added. "We knew that there would be runs in the game and we would have to weather some storms. I was really proud of our guys for the way they stayed together and fought and persevered through the adversity of the first half and also the runs after we took the lead in the second half."
B.J. Young already had 17 with just under five minutes left in the opening half, but finished with only 21 and fouled out late.
"We just broke down defensively," Young said. "Defensive breakdowns, energy level went down. We let them start making a run on us."
Rickey Scott added 12 points and Mardracus Wade and Nobles 11 each.
"It's on us," Nobles said. "It's not Alabama. It's on us. We've just got to get better. That's it."
Arkansas eventually fell down by 15 in the second half, but made a push late to turn a 60-45 deficit into a 71-66 one with 3:17 left on Mardracus Wade's old-fashioned 3-point play.
The Razorbacks got the ball and chance to make it a one-possession game, but Young turned the ball over with 2:25 left and the hosts got no closer.
"When adversity takes place, most teams trust each other," Anderson said. "We try to do it individually."
Rodney Cooper led Alabama with 17 points while Andrew Steele chipped in 15 and Trevor Releford and Nick Jacobs both 14 each.
Alabama ended up shooting 55 percent from the field on the night, including knocking down 17-of-29 shots in the opening half. Arkansas ended up shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 8-of-17 from three-point range after hitting those first six.
The Razorbacks coaching staff all wore bow ties, which is a Black Coaches' Association initiative to bring awareness to prostate cancer, something which caused Anderson's father to pass.
Arkansas, which has not won a game away from Bud Walton Arena this season, visits Auburn on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Razorbacks will host Ole Miss on Tuesday in their last home game this season before closing out the regular season at Mississippi State.
Arkansas is obviously battling a confidence issue with the five losses in the last six games.
"That's going to be the ultimate challenge, I think for our guys," Anderson said.