Also, it was really awesome that I rooted the device and had usb mode enabled because it allowed me to use a VNC app to display the phone on my computer. That allowed me to still use the phone even with the screen broken.
FYI: I used a usb-otg and usb mouse to unlock the screen -- that was kind of a guessing game since the screen was so messed up I couldnt see anything... so I kinda had to guess where the mouse cursor was and just got lucky unlocking it so I could back it up.
I dont really want to pay over $120 for the screen/digitizer, most places are $180+ but there are some that are cheaper. Just looking for some other opinions.
Thanks for the help!